Northern Rhône, Rhône

M. Chapoutier

l'Ermite Ermitage Syrah 2000

Mid to dark ruby in colour with a tawny edge. Lovely perfume with roasted meats, dried flowers, and earthy notes. With time in decanter more barnyard cowyard notes developed, but in no way was this Brett. On the palate ultra savoury but also quite sweet initially. Soft resolved Tannins and ready to drink. Not unlike a top Burgundy with more fire power. After about 6 hours it had developed tarry aromas with coal dust and liquorice. Loved this wine. Usually have our top wine of the week at Sunday lunch. This matched well with Roast Pork. — 12 days ago

Shay, Mike and 18 others liked this

Thierry Allemand

Reynard Cornas Syrah 2014

That special kind of wine that can display both elegance and power. Deep and perfumed, blackberry, black olive, hints of black licorice and cracked black pepper. Finishes superbly long and elegant. Shows itself best after 2 hour decant. — 12 days ago

Justin, Billy and 1 other liked this

Bernard Levet

Côte-Rôtie Les Journaries 2014

Deep ruby; medium intensity aromas of ripe and dried black fruit, black plum, black cherry, earth, underbrush, subtle spice; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, full bodied, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium finish, flavors concentrated and well balanced, paired with lamb stuffed eggplant, opened up after 24 hours, very good — 4 days ago

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M. Chapoutier

Le Méal Ermitage Syrah 2003

Dark scarlet tawny, almost opaque. Strongly scented. Notes of kirsch, dark soaked cherries, blue fruit, herbs, and some pine wood. Powerful in the mouth. Almost over the top. A bit hot and Port-like, and a bit too stewy to enjoy unless accompanied with something like cheese to tone it down. Representative of the vintage, but not my preferred style. — 12 days ago

Shay, Jason and 10 others liked this

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 2001

The 2001 A. Clape Cornas is simply marvelous, showing off this enticing vintage in the Northern Rhône. The tertiary notes are starting to hit their stride with wild mushroom and damp earth tones that collide with red currants, bulls blood and iodine tones that all shine together in the glass. Still showing a strong core of acidity and dark fruits, the silky texture entices as leather, peat moss, and smoked meats all impress on the expressive palate. Fantastic now, this beautiful 2001 Cornas still has plenty of life left. Drink 2019-2027- 94 — 16 days ago

Shay, Kimberly and 23 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2009

Yes!! This is currently a big, bold, inky wine. But the elegance and femininity is lurking, waiting to show its silky nature in a few more years. Good thing to come for those that can hold this for 10-20+ years.... amazing. — 12 days ago

Sharon, Paul and 25 others liked this

François Villard

Les Contours de DePoncins Viognier 2018

Dan R

Spicy and pithy, with a mandarin / peachy profile and a slightly grainy texture. Round and mouth-coating. Bit of warmth on the finish, not too distracting. Very accessible and crowd pleasing. Decent value at €40 on a wine list — 3 days ago

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Mathilde et Yves Gangloff

Condrieu Viognier 2015

After my discovery of Coteau du Vernon from Vernay this Condrieu from Gangloff has been the star of the night. Aromatically explosive on the nose with notes of honeysuckle and peach. In the mouth alcohol is happily controlled for a 2015 ouf! super equilibrium with pot pourri and peach. A jewel of a wine unfortunately they do not make much of it. — 12 days ago

Jean-Philip, Mike and 4 others liked this

Delas Frères

Les Bessards Hermitage Syrah 1999

Opened a little funky but that blew off and it showed real elegance and grace. Soft and velvety mouthfeel. Just terrific. — 19 hours ago

Ira, Manny and 14 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Nice, had that same bottle about 4+ years ago. Likely in a better spot now.
Evan Bienstock

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Yeah. Delish!

Rouchier Martine

Saint-Joseph Red Rhone Blend 2012

This bottle is like old Bordeaux. Nose has this lovely earth. Some cranberries peek out. Palate is cherry and cranberries. Very elegant. Still grippy tanins. Quite lovely and an interesting wine to drink.

Based on other notes this cork may have been very permissive oxygen wise.

Very elegant. Not at all rustic.

This needs some air for sure.

Bought from fass selections.
— 8 days ago

Chris, Keith and 2 others liked this
Lyle Fass

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It’s better than 9.3, it was off