Aromas of raspberry with a touch of violet and some black olive and rosemary notes fill the nose. The mouth is elegant and very well structured and balanced.more
The Rhone Valley stretches almost 500 miles from North to South and is home to some of France's oldest vine plantings that were first cultivated in Roman Times. The region is split into Northern and Southern Rhone, both of which are very contrasting regions. From the North, the appellations of Hermitage and Cote Rotie produce some of the most famous and rare wines from Syrah, harvested from the very steep slopes carved into the hillsides. It is also here that the world's best Viognier is produced from the Condrieu appellation.
Heading to the warmer South and a sizeable 13 grape...
When compared to the wines offered from France's other leading winemaking areas, the wines of the Rhone Valley are comparatively cheap. As well as offering plenty of diversity from North to South, the area therefore produces some of the best value wines in the world. This, coupled with an incredible run of excellent vintages over the past 10 years, makes the Rhone Valley one of the most exciting and attractive wine producing regions in the world.
Bottle 75cl £65.60
This cuvée¿s primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, whereas the old-vine source in the Côte Blonde, more acidic and sandy, provides wine of less dense colour. Pure Syrah (Michel adds no Viognier) grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines gives this wine power...more
Bottle 75cl £77.60 £66.35
The 2011 Cote Rotie Classique, which included 20-30% stems in the fermentation, exhibits an opaque purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of roasted meats, lard, graphite, cassis, black raspberries and a hint of black olives. Medium to full-bodied with terrific fruit purity, texture and length, this velvety 2011 should drink beautifully for the next 10-12 years.more
Bottle 75cl £48.19 £36.79
A rich and expressive nose of blackcurrants and blackberries, undergrowth and leather. Complex aromas up until then uniquely reserved to wine having aged for a long period of time, are already present. This wine has a powerful roundness on the palate with an impressively long finish. A great partner to game or to enjoy quite simply alone for the sheer...more
Bottle 75cl £130.10
Even better and shockingly good in the vintage, the 2011 Cote Rotie Lancement is 100% Syrah that comes from the more southern end of the appellation (more Cote Blonde than Cote Brune). Giving the top Belle Helene cuvee a run for its money, this thrilling 2011 dishes out spectacular notes sweet berry fruit, bacon, pepper and gamy nuances that flow...more
Bottle 75cl £172.60