Rhône Valley

Domaine Auguste Clape

Le Vin des Amis Syrah 2015

Popped and poured. The 2015 LVdA pours a deep violet color and is now throwing a significant amount of fine sediment. On the nose, blue and black fruits, black pepper, deli case, black olives, lavender and stone-like minerals. On the palate, the notes from the nose are confirmed and accompanied by some chocolate too. Medium tannin and medium (+) acid. On the pour, the body is a touch thin for my liking but it gains some weight with air. By hour two, it’s hitting its stride. The finish is long and delicious. This is in a good place right now and will likely do so at least through 2025. — 9 days ago

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Pierre Amadieu

Romane Machotte Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2019

Blend of Grenache and Syrah, deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits with earthy aromas. On the palate flavors of cherry, raspberry and blackberry with slight herb and earthy spices, balanced acidity with an underlying sweet character. Fine tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit and earthy mineral tones. — 2 days ago

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E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2018

No formal notes - this is the last of 6 bottles. Notes of mandarin and honeysuckle - luscious - the perfect Winter white. See previous Delectable notes. A regular purchase for me. More than 50% Viognier together with Roussanne and other Rhone white grapes. Amazing consistency considering Guigal makes over 700,000 bottles per year. — 11 days ago

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Ron R

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I must find some of this. How on earth to you make wine on an industrial scale, and still produce a super product. Now that is genius.
Bob McDonald

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I couldn’t agree more Ron. It’s the same with their Rouge. Apparently they pay top Euro for good grapes from the growers, yet manage to produce an affordable every day wine. Somebody like Sherry Lehmann or Costco should have it?

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2006

This wine is deep ruby with developing and robust notes of blackberry preserves, crushed blueberry, dried prune, fig paste, violet, cherry blossom, black licorice, anise, cedar, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, pencil shavings, leather, tobacco, and forest floor.

On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, smooth, fine-grain tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. It’s bold, structured, perfumed…

With a long, elegant finish and impeccable balance, this wine is top-notch-delish! C’est magnifique!

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2006, ABV 14%.
— 6 days ago

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Château Beauchêne

Grande Réserve Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2020

A new style for me.

Nose: meaty, savory, saline…almost some onions. Bagels. Onion bagels??! Mexican food?!? Wow, the Mexican food images really sticks, now I keep smelling tacos…

Taste: heavy, peachy, grapey, sweet onions and herbs, white flowers, honeysuckle, vanilla…almond, apricot. Long finish. I don’t drink a lot of white wine, so my experience (and vocabulary) are both limited here…and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it- it is funky compared to what I am used to…but very complex, and clearly well made stuff. I’ll go 90!
— 13 days ago

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Rémy Nodin

Les Eygas Cornas Syrah 2019

Deep Ruby with aromas of red and black fruits with notes of smoky mineral. On the palate flavors of cherry, plum and blackberry, with smoke and spice tones. Fine smooth tannins, great mouthfeel, long finish ending with toasty mineral tang. Nice value! — 2 days ago

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Marcel Juge

Cuvée C Cornas Syrah 2015

Sadly this was the last vintage for this legendary producer showing lots of dark berry fruit, spice that is floral & silky with notes of meat, olive & earth. — 4 days ago

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Aurelien Pinheiro

Cornas Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.0

Big blueberry nose with gorgeous clay, granite and blackberry as well. Superb minerality and just amazing floral depth. Herbs de provence. A knockout nose. 9.6. What a value this wine is. Palate is juicy and a bit less good than the nose. Elegant even but also maybe closed? Needs time I think. Great complexity but showing it’s 15% sadly. Let’s see if this integrates.

It didn’t. Let’s see that today brings.
— 17 hours ago

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E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2018

The first of 12 and an annual purchase for me. Must be the best value red wine on the planet - $24 AUD per bottle. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre. I don’t know what the annual production would be but it would have to be well over a million bottles. I love Phillipe Guigals philosophy in that he says the CDR is the most important wine they produce because it is the wine most people will first be introduced to the Estate. Fresh savoury red fruits with raspberry to the fore. Quaffable and smashable. — 11 days ago

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Ray Vanderhoff

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Agree with you completely, Bob. Outstanding quality for the price.
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Astonishingly, I’ve never had this (that I can remember). Will pick up a bottle on my next run.
Bob McDonald

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I had to Google the annual production of the Guigal CdR Rouge and would you believe for 2018 it was 4,500,000 bottles!!! A phenomenal effort.

Domaine Font Du Vent

Cuvée Tradition Chateauneuf du Pape Red Rhone Blend 2019

Dark cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose raspberries, strawberries, cherries, light oak, spices, herbs, earth, dried meats, wild flowers, garrigue, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, dark coffee, light bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Elegant and interesting.

Tangy and spicy with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

This 3-year-old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Easy drinking and better after 90 minutes in the decanter.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.
— 8 days ago

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