étoile Du Rhône

Domaine Habrard (Laurent Habrard)

"Sainte Epine" St. Joseph Syrah 2016

Lyle Fass
9.3

Just a stunner. He got so pricey. Sad! Stunning nose. Lavender fields of blackberries. Violets. Amazing purity, delicacy and precision to the nose. Palate is unreal. Super pure. Super sappy and wonderfully sappy and elegant. Amazing density and yet so light on its feet. Needs some air to really gain in complexity. Wonderful opulence in the mid and such refinement. Juicy and lovely granite minerality on the finish. This is very classy but also a bit young. I’ll come back to this with air. — 10 days ago

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Aravind Asok

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That sucks. The 2015s were amazing.

Mark Haisma

Les Combes Cornas Syrah 2017

Very nice cold Climate Syrah. Haisma is making this now for many years. Fleshy reminded me of bubblegum candy balls. Orange 🍊 rind. I really did not could come up with specific fruit notes. However if you like northern climate Syrah this @ 13.5% is excellent. It sold out within 90 minutes at the tasting. Needs time. — 2 days ago

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Domaine Alain Voge

Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Cornas Syrah 1996

Blind Rhône’s from Saturday night. This was my WOTN. A bold grainy tannin’d beauty. Deep garnet with some bricking and bursting with dark fruit, wild game, leather and iron. This was far and away the standout for me in a superb grouping of 8 wines, 6 of which were exemplary examples of their region. Alas, it ranked as wine #2 in the first group of 4. 🤷🏻‍♂️ — 9 days ago

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Mike R

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Damn
Michael Meyer

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Really! I thought we voted this 1st in the first flight. @romo you need to publish the rankings!
Bill Bender

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I wish I had one @H.B Treadway and yes @Michael Meyer the Pegau won the flight. Damn Russians are at it again!

Château Rayas

Château Des Tours Réservé Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2014

There are some wines that will stick with you for a lifetime, this was one of them - Chateau de Tours Cotes du Rhône (second wine of legendary Château Rayas) was an ethereal, memorable wine at a special place - Cap Estel in Eze - wow, light in color, complex nose of spicy baking spices, red berries, the palate packing a punch of vibrant energy and acidity, tannins in the background but doing their job, and that overall had crazy persistence. What a wine! — 2 months ago

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Château Rayas

Château Des Tours Réservé Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2012

Honey, wax, white juicy pear and a bit of reduction. The palate is a masterpiece with a strong acid backbone and a silky matter on the side with a bright fruit (white fruits). There is spice in there too. The finish is extremely long and expanding with some bitterness coming up in the end. Some white pepper here and there. What a Sunday night treat! — 8 days ago

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Amr El-Azhary

Amr El-Azhary

🔥🔥🔥
Daniel Maquin

Daniel Maquin

Oh yes @Amr El-Azhary although I must say I think I even prefer their reds now.

Luyton Michéle

Hermitage White Blend 2016

Lyle Fass
9.4

Amazing vintage for this. Nose is all piquant and elegant minerals. Some flowers and tons of yellow fruit. Smells clear. Palate is spectacular if young. Juicy and so textured with wonderful purity and freshness. Stunning balance and length and awesome texture. Almost tannic on the finish. Much better in 5-7 years but sick today. — 7 days ago

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Domaine Christophe Pichon

Condrieu Viognier 2016

On the nose it’s Burgundy meets baking club. On the tongue it is pure luxury, the type that at first taste kinda turned me off but only because I’m not that much of an oak lover. But this wine is friggin’ fantastic. It lasts in the glass and I keep going back for more. It has the ability to be fresh and solidly traditional at the same time. One of the old souls? Don’t know if I’d go that far but I will continue to drink the insert-fave-expletive outta this. — a day ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Nice descriptive review! Old souls have a depth about them that nouveau is lacking.🥂

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2000

Beautiful fresh and aromatic nose of almonds, peaches and apricots. I love that this had very little of that “weight” that is common in Northern Rhône whites. The palate was filled with honey, orange marmalade, almonds and minerals. Lovely complexity combined with a great acidic spine. — 10 hours ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Ira Schwartz Sounds marvellous. Great to be fresh at that age.

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 2011

Blind Rhône’s from Saturday. Very primary but shows its pedigree even now. Blackberry kirsch, roasted dark chocolate espresso, smooth lines and undeniable purity of fruit. Just not fully blossoming quite yet. The ‘06 I had in November was exceptional so perhaps 5 years is an appropriate hold suggestion. — 6 days ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 1976

Classic Hermitage and the Best Buy I have had since I bought 1993 Rousseau Gevrey Clos St Jacques at 39.99 on release . A serious ready to drink Syrah at a perfect spot . A perfectly stored bottle besides the trashed label . — a day ago

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