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. — a month ago
Bastion with Andy — 10 months ago
Beautiful medium ruby. Juicy fruit without being overripe - red and black cherries cherries and plums. Wet violets, forest floor, touch of leather, good bit of peppery spice. Great acidity and texture. Expands nicely on the back of the palate, with a good finish. First Rias Baixas red and it sure overdelivered! — 3 months ago
A gift from GF Lisa Haugland for my 60th. I'm sure she purchased from Ruben at El Wine Chateau, who has great taste, and sharing with my wife on a night of burgundy and scallops. Wonderful earthy ness, slight sulfur nose, med to long finish and wonderful old world Chardonnay notes. — 9 months ago
White burgundy written in bottle. Bastion de L’Oratoire Chanson. So not corresponding to this description. — a year ago
Poca madre de los vinos blancos, sabor como a pera o limón suave; algo mineralizado y dulce sin empalagar, cierto, pero refrescante y lo estoy disfrutando mientras veo por enésima vez Cielo protector Sheltering Sky (Bertolucci) de Paul Bowles y las aventuras en hoteles argelinos donde no hay agua corriente. Excelente.
Two thumbs Up of white wines, taste like pear or soft lemon; something mineralized and sweet without been upset true, but refreshing and I'm enjoying it while I watch for the umpteenth time sky protector Sheltering Sky (Bertolucci) by Paul Bowles and the adventures in Algerian hotels where there is no running water. Excellent. — 2 years ago
Earthy mushroom, wet rock, barnyard, sour cherry, and strawberry on the nose. Long and grippy tannins and a study acidic backbone. Long drying finish that demands food (flank steak tonight) and evolved over the evening. This is nowhere near the end of its life. — 5 months ago
Ramisco varietal, borne in a sand terroir of Portugal region beginning to be overrun by hotels. It simply has become a favorite wine quickly; not cheap( about 40$ & up, usually they are 500ml bottles), gains in intensity with air. Fine grained tannins, wild red berries, lithe acidity. Low alcohol & has the rep for long range storage. God, I love this stuff. Very rare wine too, which of course adds to the allure. — a year ago