Xavier Gérard Saint-Joseph Le Blanchard 2016

This is a deeply coloured syrah wine from Xavier Gérard in Saint-Joseph in the northern Rhône valley.  One sniff however and it is immediately a vin de terroir with its very distinctive aroma of rosemary and spice.  The palate is dry, full bodied and made in a ripe and approachable style with mid weight tannins.  Good […]

Tarrahill some previews; ’15 shiraz and ’16 chardonnay

It is always a pleasure tasting newly bottled wine and here are a couple of wines from Tarrahill in the Yarra Valley that have not yet been released.  While very kindly provided for MW studies, both are in fact very good wines in their own right and deserve attention.  You can read more about Tarrahill […]

Yves Cuilleron Saint-Joseph Les Pierres Sèches 2014

This is a very tasty Saint Joseph from Yves Cuilleron.  Tasted out of a half bottle, it has red fruited aromas of redcurrant, strawberries, plus and no overt cedar influences.  The palate is medium bodied, sweet fruited, balanced and youthful.  (Region: Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this […]

Pierre et Jérôme Coursodon Saint Joseph Silice 2013

This is an excellent Saint Joseph release from Pierre et Jérôme Coursodon.  Tasted during a sunny evening at the rather beautiful restaurant of Chez Ma Cousine on Lake Annecy, it has attractive plum and peppery characters, the latter particularly evident.  Good length on the palate, the wine has a depth and harmony that warranted a […]

Domaine Durand Les Couteaux Saint-Joseph 2008

I thought this syrah to be a pretty good effort for the price.  It is bright in the glass, with a medium intensity ruby colour and tears evident.  The wine has medium intensity and developing aromatics of vanilla, cedar, powdery wood, plums and pepper.  The palate is dry, with medium-high acid, slightly drying tannins and […]