Condrieu, Northern Rhône

M. Chapoutier

De l'Orée Ermitage Blanc Marsanne 2005

Pale color. Almost transparent yellow but still with a thickness and a heft. I love the Marsanne grape and its punchiness and complexity. This wine has developed nicely and is ready for prime time. Lemon and other citrus notes. Lingers and was the perfect compliment for lemon and egg tagliatelle. — 2 days ago

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Very nice, @Vino Joe

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2015

Nariz: mora, arándano, aceituna, algo de especies, algo de violetas. Aromas primarios pero algo de evolution.

Boca: Tanino M, Acidez M, Alcohol M. Muy buen balance.
— 2 days ago

Bob, Ira and 5 others liked this

Domaine Jamet

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2012

Amazing vintage for Jamet that you can drink now but will continue to develop for many years. Consistent with my many prior notes showing lots of dark cherry, raspberry, meat, blood, olive, pepper, spice & crushed violets — 18 days ago

Ira, Jan and 6 others liked this

Yves Cuilleron a Chavanay

Les Vignes d'à Côté Syrah 2018

It’s been a few years since I opened one of these, a perennial ‘cellar defender’ to open on a whim when duty calls. Sadly, this is my last – but my word, I must buy more! This was absolutely sensational, a wine that punches well above its weight and provides the sort of value only a select few wines in the northern Rhône can muster up.

A doppelgänger for rock-solid Cornas, and inky purple in colour, the nose is effusive with dark cherry, blackcurrant, kirsch, smoked bacon, iron and sweet balsamic – all of it fresh, and no trace of alcohol at 13.5% from a hot vintage. The palate is sappy, vibrant, detailed and harmonious with quite good concentration and a sneaky long finish.

I would love to see this thrown into a blind tasting with wines four times its price. At six years of age, this is on fabulous form now and may improve with further time in the cellar.

93 points – but 100 for value!
— 22 days ago

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E. Guigal

La Turque Côte-Rôtie Syrah

The “last” lala. A very big wine, salty, smoked meat. Approachable but will benefit from another 5 to 7 years in bottle. Potentially great. — 7 days ago

Rob, Joe and 2 others liked this

Domaine Lionnet

Terre Brûlée Cornas Syrah 2016

Cherry and pepper with tannic bite upon opening which relaxed into a confident and mature subtle rounded earthiness. — 12 days ago

Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2015

A beautiful vintage for this wine, suave & silky on the palate with an expressive nose showing dark fruits, raspberry, soy, spice, mineral & fresh cut flowers — 7 days ago

Jean-Philip, web and 12 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2018

Wonderfully complex lingering and nuanced. This was simply a gem. Balanced rollercaoster of Rhône sophistication. Excellent! — 4 days ago

Bob, Tyler and 15 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 2016

A treat as I haven’t had a chave in a long time. A little young at this point but worth opening if you enjoy more fruit. Super elegant and relatively light in texture. — 19 days ago

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Domaine Alain Voge

Les Chailles Cornas Syrah 2015

Graphite and black fruit nose med body dense with flavors evolving after 1 hour decant. Great balance — 15 days ago