Ardèche, Rhône

Pierre Gonon

Les Iles Feray Pays de l'Ardèche Syrah 2018

Ripe, heady, full throttled juice, reminiscent of Crozes-Hermitage with it’s juiciness. There’s some sinew to it. Coulis, Chambord, soaked cherries, cherry wood, bbq meat, creosote, tapenade, Provençal herbs, a slight kiss of balsamic, stones, licorice whip. Love the overtness of this 2018 has — 21 days ago

Aravind, Ira and 2 others liked this

Domaine de Font-Sane

Cuvée Futeé Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 1990

Oxtailsoup, mint, nutmeg, sage, figs, raisins, blood, rust and ink. Palate is still quite sappy and fresh. Finish shows hints of iron, mocca and drying oak-notes.
Of course, this is way past its prime.
But it’s still drinkable, even enjoyable.
— 2 days ago

Peter, Josh and 9 others liked this
Peter van den Besselaar

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Fine description Jeroen 👌
Ron R

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Good notes, Jeroen . I love that wine. I have several 07’s at home and I’m looking forward to drinking them.
John Van Trijp

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@Jeroen Koenen en dat voor een niet Grenache liefhebber....

Philippe Desbos

Domaine de Gouye Gabouillon Syrah

Pure, pretty, peppery and perfumed. Soft tannins. Balance of sweet and savory! — 17 days ago

Domaine Brusset

La Bastide Rasteau Red Rhone Blend 2019

Dark red purple. Inviting nose of black cranberry and patent leather. Medium full palate echoes the nose adding a hintnn by of black olive and licorice on the finish. Medium plus tannins. Medium plus acidity. Classic Rhône with a slightly New World sheen. Great with beef or rustic pork dishes. — 2 days ago

Keith, Jonathan and 5 others liked this

Domaine Lafond

Roc-Epine Lirac Grenache Blend 2010

Rolled the dice on this older Lirac and got lucky. Beautifully aged Grenache displaying pure, ripe strawberries, plum, gravel, black tea, leather, and earth. Super soft tannins, m+ acid, and a long complex finish. Will go perfectly with the lamb chops we’re grilling for dinner. — 9 days ago

Ron, Josh and 13 others liked this

Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2018

Needs more time. Decanted for a 45 minutes and really needed more time. Shows great potential. Big dense dark fruit and tannins at this time. — a month ago

Ron, Josh and 2 others liked this

Yves Cuilleron

Les Vignes d'à Côté Syrah 2018

Once again an absolute winner of a wine, this bottom-line Syrah from Yves Cuilleron hits all the right notes and represents terrific value at around £13/btl.

I’ve enjoyed this wine before, but Matt Walls of Decanter, whose column on sub-£20 Rhône wines I recently read, describes its predominant flavours quite accurately as ‘blood, blackberry, blood orange; tangy, balsamic’. I’d add to this a hint of white chocolate, cranberry and Worcestershire sauce. This wine lacks the intensity of fruit that makes much of the northern Rhône so special, but it’s nonetheless a terrific bottling that is a great bastion both for Yves Cuilleron and the Collines Rhodaniennes.
— 2 days ago

Josh, Alex and 4 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Farconnet Hermitage Syrah 2011

A Syrah/Shiraz night. Elegant smoke and hint of cigar tobacco on the nose. Great legs on this one. With mouthfeel to match. Well rounded and juicy with a hint of acidity on the finish - which goes on and on. A lovely supper for a cool spring evening. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 1998

Purple tawny color, almost opaque. Notes of red and black fruit, earth/dirt, stone, ash and some cedar wood. Next to the 75 Haut Brion beside it, the noses are ironically similar - with only the color of the wines being a good distinguishing factor. Got better and better with air... at hour 5, this was at its peak performance. Overall, a good but not great Cornas. — 12 days ago

Alex, Jan and 29 others liked this