M. Chapoutier Les Incontournables Crozes-Hermitage and Luberon 2016

Here are two sound releases from M. Chapoutier, both from the 2016 vintage. 聽Luberon sits between the southern Rh么ne valley and Provence, whilst Crozes-Hermitage is in the northern Rh么ne and quite different in style. 聽The 2016 vintage appears sound in the northern Rh么ne and a great vintage in the southern Rh么ne. 聽I find Jancis Robinson’sContinue reading “M. Chapoutier Les Incontournables Crozes-Hermitage and Luberon 2016”

Xavier G茅rard Saint-Joseph Le Blanchard 2016

This is a deeply coloured syrah wine from Xavier G茅rard in Saint-Joseph in the northern Rh么ne valley. 聽One sniff however and it is immediately a vin de terroir聽with its very distinctive aroma of rosemary and spice. 聽The palate is dry, full bodied and made in a ripe and approachable style with mid weight tannins. 聽GoodContinue reading “Xavier G茅rard Saint-Joseph Le Blanchard 2016”

M. Chapoutier Les Incontournables Crozes-Hermitage 2014

This is a pretty basic Crozes-Hermitage from Chapoutier. The 2014 vintage has aromatics of syrah spices and earth. The palate is medium bodied. The finish is short and lacks complexity of expression. Current drinking only. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 13%. Price: $27.

Yves Cuilleron Saint-Joseph Les Pierres S猫ches 2014

This is a very tasty Saint Joseph from Yves Cuilleron. 聽Tasted out of a half bottle, it has red fruited aromas of redcurrant, strawberries, plus and no overt cedar influences. 聽The palate is medium bodied, sweet fruited, balanced and youthful. 聽(Region: Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on thisContinue reading “Yves Cuilleron Saint-Joseph Les Pierres S猫ches 2014”

Domaine Roche-Audran C么tes du Rh么ne 2014

I was impressed by this C么tes du Rh么ne from Domaine Roche-Audran. 聽It’s a blend of 70% grenache, 15% syrah and 15% carignan, the vineyard is biodynamic and the vines are between 35 and 100 years old. 聽In the glass, it’s a step up from the usual CDR. 聽It has complex aromatics of white pepper, peppercorn,Continue reading “Domaine Roche-Audran C么tes du Rh么ne 2014”

Guigal C么tes du Rh么ne 2011

I view Guigal’s C么tes du Rh么ne as the entry level benchmark of the southern Rhone valley style of GSM (grenache, syrah and mourvedre) blends. 聽It is universally available in my experience, well made and is good value. 聽The blend is in fact 50% syrah, 45% grenache and 5% mourvedre. 聽An “SGM” blend somehow rolls ofContinue reading “Guigal C么tes du Rh么ne 2011”