Northern Rhône

Mickaël Bourg

Les P'tits Bouts Cornas Syrah 2018

Popped and poured and heavens to Betsy, the nose is sizzling with energy! The 2018 “Les p’tits bouts” pours a deep garnet with some violet color tones too. A near opaque core with some moderate staining of the tears. Medium+ viscosity. The nose is wild with blackberries, blueberries, deli case, black pepper, olive tapenade, violets, earth, and herbs. The palate is consistent with the nose. The finish is long; well over a minute. Tannin is medium++ and acid is medium+. This is a remarkably precocious Cornas with easy comparisons to Allemand and Clape. I expect a fabulous future for this wine and if this vintage is representative of Mickaël Bourg’s work, this is a producer well onto my radar. — 9 days ago

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Chirat

Clos Poncins Condrieu Viognier 2018

Aromas of stone fruits and citrus mineral notes. On the palate flavors of pear, apple and lemon, lively acidity. Medium+ finish ending with fruit, floral and mineral notes. Nice! — 8 days ago

Anthony, Daniel P. and 2 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 2008

Black & red fruits, balanced with polished tannins showing, savory spice, graphite, smoke, olive, pepper & underbrush. Still a baby with many years ahead — 9 days ago

Severn, Daniel P. and 8 others liked this

Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert)

Cuvée Prestige St. Péray White Rhône Blend 2020

Lyle Fass
9.6

Outrageous nose on this white cornas. Lemon gelato, light framing oak, insane granite minerality, so floral and fragrant. Broad, caressing and complex. Just piercing minerality. Palate is ripe, rich with lots of gras but so fresh and nimble while also expressing a wonderful fruit intensity (pineapple, guava, mango) and a controlled richness The minerality really brings out the freshness here. Long, pure and stunning. St. Peray is a great appellation currently.

Lovely vanilla extract with some air. Honeysuckle as well. Almost tannic from the minerality on the finish. What elegance. An unreal wine.
— 3 days ago

Severn, Andrew and 7 others liked this

Domaine Jamet

Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah 2019

Nariz: mora, frambuesa, pimienta, flores, higo, aceitunas

Boca: Tanino M/M+, Acidez M, Alcohol M

Necesita 30 a 60 minutos de aire. Bueno por el precio.
— 14 days ago

Ron, Rob and 6 others liked this

Xavier Gerard

Côte - Rotie 2015

It’s getting there. A few more yrs and the baby fat will almost be gone. Nuance is just beginning to show. — 2 days ago

Ira, Hermes and 2 others liked this

Jean Francois Jacouton

Condrieu Viognier 2018

Insane confectionary nose. Guava and pineapple; creamsicle and honeysuckle. Fantastic density. Incredibly open and aromatic. So sexy. — 9 days ago

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Dan R

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Great producer on the come-up

Domaine Gerard Courbis

Vieilles Vignes St. Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.5

As authentic as it gets. Older than old school. Nose is iodine, granite, blackberries, and it’s all wrapped in a bow. It is so refined. Wow. This is a stunning young bottle of this. Always a 9.5 as you can see by previous notes but this is just beyond. Meaty. I mean like sick insane vivid meats. Smoked and cured. 9.8 nose. Holy shit. That palate is elegant as all can be but has serious structure and tannins but all wrapped in granite and blackberry fruit. What a finish. This is as good a St. Joseph as I’ve had in months. Wow the concentration. So granitic and mineral. Young. But incredible. 9.5 for now. — 4 days ago

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Jacques Lemenicier

Cornas AOC Syrah 2012

Dark fruit, granite, & herbs. Olives. Lacework acidity and good structure. Softening tannins & secondary notes peeking through. Lovely. — 4 days ago

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Andrew Schirmer

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@Lyle Fass f*** bargain of the year
Lyle Fass

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@Andrew Schirmer wish I had more!
Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Just buy bramaterra if you want a sick bargain ;-)

Domaine Julien Pilon

Frontiere Terroir de Seyssuel Viognier 2020

This is a terrific Condrieu lookalike. Intense nose has deep orchard fruit and a Muscat-like musk. Lots of low-toned crushed rock minerality. In the mouth it’s got deep ripe fruit that asymptotically verges on Gewurz but pulls away and gets intense minerally on the finish. Nice acids for a Viognier. Great value. — a day ago

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