Category Archives: france rhone north

Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2009

Maison Chapoutier, Chante-Alouette, AOC/AOP Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France, 2012 Marsanne – a tendency to flabbiness from modest acidity, but picking early can help; a variety excluded from the more southerly appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Papes’ approved varieties of clairette, grenache blanc, picpoul and … Continue reading

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Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Joseph 2011

Jean-Luc Colombo, Le Prieure, AOC/AOP Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, France, 2011 The Le Prieure vineyard is sited on granitic terraces in the south of the appellation, with exposure from east towards south, agglomerate cork closure, varietal syrah, 13%, The Clifton Cellars, … Continue reading

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Cave de Tain St Joseph 2012

Cave de Tain (a co-op), Terre de Granit, AOC/AOP Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, 2012 The Saint-Joseph appellation, in the Ardeche department, runs for 60 kms on the right bank of the Rhone, bordering Condrieu (3 communes overlap with Condrieu) to the north … Continue reading

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Dom de Remizieres Hermitage 2005

Domaine des Remizieres, Cuvee Emilie, AOC/AOP Hermitage, Rhone, 2005 Hermitage – one of the greatest classic French reds, with 80% production at premium prices.  Wines are of a deep colour, full-bodied, silky; plummy, violets, blackcurrant, blackberry, smoky bacon …  Whites … Continue reading

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Jaboulet Perrin Freres Cote Rotie 2007

Nicolas Jaboulet, Perrin Freres, AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Rhone, 2007 Cote Rotie is situated south of Lyon and close south of Vienne, with Ampuis the main appellation village.  Cote Rotie translates as the roasted slope, on very steep south-facing terraces, up … Continue reading

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Cote Brune Cote Rotie 2009

Gilles Barge, Cote Brune AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Ampuis, Rhone, France, 2009 Cote Rotie is a syrah-based wine, which can be varietal, though up to 20% viognier is permitted; but if used, it must be in a co-fermented blend.  Cote Rotie is … Continue reading

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Guigal Condrieu 2009

E.Guigal, Chateau d’Ampuis, AOC Condrieu, Rhone, France, 2009 Sand and granitic soils on steeply terraced slopes, varietal viognier, aged in 100% new oak, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, en France, €25. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium … Continue reading

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