2019 Cairanne, Domaine Eyverine, Rhone Valley, France
This is a really gutsy Rhone red that really holds its own against some of the wines from its more illustrious
2019 Vacqueyras, Chateau de Montmirail, Rhone Valley, France
Good Vacqueyras is up there with good Chateauneuf, and this was the best we tried under £20 when choosing our range. It is full bodied and laden with ripe autumnal fruit, a hint of cherry and touch of clove on the finish. It will go extremely well with roasted meats, red meats in particular.
2020 Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Chartreuse, Rhone Valley, France
2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Prestige, Roger Sabon, Rhone Valley, France
'The brilliant 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige (60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and the balance almost every other authorized red grape of the appellation) is produced from parcels that average 90 years of age or older. It reveals the essence of Provence in its dense plum/purple color and powerful aromatics of sweet creme de cassis, black cherries, licorice, lavender, pepper, and incense. The wine possesses terrific depth, a blockbuster, opulent, multilayered texture, and a finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. This sensational Châteauneuf du Pape should drink well for 15-20 years.' 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2019 Vacqueyras, Victor Berard, Rhone Valley, France
A Vacqueyras with exceptional concentration of fruit. It's sweet blackberry and blackcurrant that dominates, and in the background there is a herbal quality that beautifully matches the fruit. It's nicely texture and has a good amount of body without being a real heavyweight, so will appeal to those who like a slightly toned down Rhone Valley red.
2015 Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres, Clos du Caillou, Rhone Valley, France
"A big step up over the base cuvée, the deeper, more purple-hued 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Safres offers a downright smorgasbord of Provençal herbs, spices, wild strawberries, garrigue, and black cherry aromas and flavors. About as seamless and sexy as they come, with full-bodied richness and building tannin, as well as incredible purity, I just hope it shows this well from bottle!" 93-95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2013 Hermitage, Delas Freres Domaine des Tourettes, Rhone Valley, France
"One of the gems in the vintage is the 2013 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes, which comes from both the Bessards and Grandes Vignes lieux-dits on Hermitage Hill. Completely destemmed, then vinified in stainless steel and concrete tanks, the wine is aged 18 months in 30% new French oak; it offers terrific notes of dark fruits, graphite and ample minerality in a full-bodied, layered, ripe profile. It’s more approachable than the Les Bessards, yet will still have three decades of longevity." 94pts, Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Anonyme', Xavier Vignon, Rhone Valley, France
"Tasted from barrel, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme adds toasty notes, cedar and vanilla to the whirlwind of fruit Vignon was able to harness in 2017. Blueberries, black cherries and stone fruit notes abound in this plush, full-bodied red that remains silky and focused on the long finish. It looks to be a terrific effort." 95-97pts Wine Advocate
2018 Lirac, Guillaume Gonnet, Rhone Valley, France
The energetic and charismatic Guillaume Gonnet is not your average Rhône winemaker. Extremely open in his attitude, his curious, boundary challenging approach extends beyond wine. He travelled to the far ends of the earth, revelling in the opportunity to surf some of the best waves in the world while learning his craft in various Australian and New Zealand regions.
Returning to the Rhône, now with his Australian wife Kelly, Guillaume has shown similar energy for his family estate and for his own nascent project. This land locked surfer may be miles from the ocean but is happily riding the wave of new found enthusiasm for Grenache based wines. Pursuing biodynamics wherever possible, allowing his fruit to express itself freely through hands-off winemaking and displaying his fascination for the varying soils of the Rhône through his diverse range of wines, he's just the sort of restless creative that we love to work with.
Intense red and black fruits, lots of spices and garrigue (herbs from Provence), soft, elegant tannins developing complex aromas (liquorice, truffle and dark chocolate) with aging.
2009 Cornas 'Empreintes', Domaine Durand, Rhone Valley, France
'As difficult as it may be to believe, the 2009 Cornas Empreintes ratchets up the level of richness. It exhibits an opaque inky/purple color along with beautiful notes of subtle smoke, incense, roasted meats, ink and burning charcoal embers. Full-bodied as well as powerfully built, structured and tannic, this virile, masculine-styled Cornas demands 5-7 years of cellaring and should drink well over the following 25 years. Drink through 2041' 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate