Rhone Valley


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  • J.L. Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Sybele 2020

    £28.95

    “By now it’s no secret that Erin Cannon-Chave and Jean-Louis Chave’s semi-négociant operation is producing a range of consistently excellent wines that clearly show the Chave magic at user-friendly prices. While the Hermitage Blanc Blanche will inevitably be compared to the white Hermitage from the J.L. Chave domaine, the wines that intrigue me are that Crozes-Hermitage Blanc and Saint-Joseph Blanc since neither of those appellations are present under the family’s estate label. There may be a domaine Saint-Joseph Blanc, someday, “that’s probably a job that’ll wait for our children to take on,” Chave told me.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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  • J.L. Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Silene 2020

    £29.49

    “Opaque ruby-red. Expressive, spice- and mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of cured meat, olive and succulent flowers. Seamless and vibrant on the palate, offering taut dark berry, cherry-cola and violet pastille flavors with a spicy touch of white pepper. Lively and appealingly sweet on the juicy, persistent finish, which features well-knit tannins and resonating minerality. Drinking window: 2025-2033. 93 points

    These wines, which often contain a healthy percentage of Domaine J.L. Chave domaine fruit, are not Chave Lite, as many retailers are prone to suggest. These tend to be rounder, fruit-forward and more approachable than the domaine wines, which are extremely long-lived and deserving of extended cellaring. They have steadily become more intensely perfumed and flavored in recent years, with the Crozes-Hermitage Silène of particular interest. It’s made from vines in the granitic soils of the northern sector. At least half of the fruit comes from a young vineyard that Chaves owns, planted and farms, so one can understand the potential quality.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (12/22)

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  • J.L. Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Blanc Circa 2020

    £33.95

    “By now it’s no secret that Erin Cannon-Chave and Jean-Louis Chave’s semi-négociant operation is producing a range of consistently excellent wines that clearly show the Chave magic at user-friendly prices. While the Hermitage Blanc Blanche will inevitably be compared to the white Hermitage from the J.L. Chave domaine, the wines that intrigue me are that Crozes-Hermitage Blanc and Saint-Joseph Blanc since neither of those appellations are present under the family’s estate label. There may be a domaine Saint-Joseph Blanc, someday, “that’s probably a job that’ll wait for our children to take on,” Chave told me.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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  • J.L. Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Offerus 2019

    £31.95

    “Full violet color. Heady, spice-accented dark berry, cola and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up a mineral nuance with aeration. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blueberry and olive paste flavors that are given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes gently sweet, broad and very long, with an echo of candied violet and slowly emerging tannins. Drinking window: 2025-2034. 93 points

    These wines, which often contain a healthy percentage of Domaine J.L. Chave domaine fruit, are not Chave Lite, as many retailers are prone to suggest. These tend to be rounder, fruit-forward and more approachable than the domaine wines, which are extremely long-lived and deserving of extended cellaring. They have steadily become more intensely perfumed and flavored in recent years, with the Crozes-Hermitage Silène of particular interest. It’s made from vines in the granitic soils of the northern sector. At least half of the fruit comes from a young vineyard that Chaves owns, planted and farms, so one can understand the potential quality.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (12/22)

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  • Matthieu Barret Cornas Brise Cailloux 2021

    £51.95

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  • Olivier & Lafont Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020

    £38.95

    “In their day jobs, Baptiste Olivier and Gérard Lafont consult to a number of the most renowned domaines (and many that aren’t so famous but deserve to be) in appellations across the expanse of the southern Rhône valley, It’s a job that often demands anonymity (such are egos and reputations of many proprietors), which means that they often get little to no credit for their expertise, which doesn’t seem to bother either of them too much. Olivier & Lafont , a small négociant project the duo launched in 2011, has established itself as a rock-solid source for high-quality, elegant wines that, unsurprisingly, are sourced from some of the best wineries and vineyards in the region, at tariffs much lower than their origins might suggest. I strongly urge readers to seek these wines out as they consistently over-deliver for their pricing.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (12/19)

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  • Olivier & Lafont Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2022

    £39.95

    “In their day jobs, Baptiste Olivier and Gérard Lafont consult to a number of the most renowned domaines (and many that aren’t so famous but deserve to be) in appellations across the expanse of the southern Rhône valley, It’s a job that often demands anonymity (such are egos and reputations of many proprietors), which means that they often get little to no credit for their expertise, which doesn’t seem to bother either of them too much. Olivier & Lafont , a small négociant project the duo launched in 2011, has established itself as a rock-solid source for high-quality, elegant wines that, unsurprisingly, are sourced from some of the best wineries and vineyards in the region, at tariffs much lower than their origins might suggest. I strongly urge readers to seek these wines out as they consistently over-deliver for their pricing.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (12/19)

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  • Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot 2014

    £155.00

    “Vivid purple. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and blackberry, complicated by notes of candied flowers, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy and expressive, offering intense red and dark berry and violet flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Impressive urgency is supported by a nervy spine of acidity. Shows excellent focus and vivacity on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with superb floral tenacity. 93-95 points.

    Calling 2014 “a seriously challenging and stressful vintage,” Thierry Allemand added that it “required a lot of work in the vineyards because the fruit flies attacked strongly and the fruit had to be very carefully selected.” Coupled with the delayed ripening caused by the cool summer, “it is definitely a vintage where the best growers stood out.” The relative softness of acids and tannins in the ’14s will make them better wines to enjoy young than the ’13s, he thinks, “and they show very good depth and richness” that might make them age surprisingly well, “since they have plenty of fruit to age on.””

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (03/16)

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  • Thomas Farge Cornas Les Versantes 2019

    £46.95

    “Headquartered in Saint-Jean de Muzols, this domaine, now run by Guy’s son, Thomas Farge, owns 22 hectares of vineyards spread across the southern portion of Saint-Joseph and down into Cornas and Saint-Péray. The white wines are varying blends of Marsanne and Roussanne, with portions fermented in steam-bent barrels and the rest made in stainless steel. The exception is the Condrieu, which is all barrel fermented and, of course, 100% Viognier. It’s a bit more variable than the other wines in the lineup but reliably excellent. “I’m looking for tension,” explains Farge. “And I love bitterness in the white wines.”

    He says he’s trying to make some natural wines, but he isn’t sure if he’ll do them within the appellation system. Also worth checking out is Farge’s 2019 Vin de France Oxymore collaboration with Stephane Usseglio, in which they blend 65% northern Syrah with 30% Grenache and 5% Counoise from Usseglio’s vineyards. Along with the current releases, I tasted the excellent 2017 Cornas Reynard, which remains much as I observed last time I tasted it, and the 2011 Cornas Harmonie, which appears to be fading a bit and should be consumed over the next few years.

    For the red wines, Farge does a pre-fermentation cold soak, uses a lot of whole clusters and does some extended maceration but with gentle extraction. “I want to have wines that are good to drink on release,” he says. “The goal is to give consumers a good moment.” Farge’s top cuvées are his Cornas Reynard, from 40- to 50-year-old vines, and his Saint-Joseph Passion de Terrasses, from a parcel planted in 1904.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (01/22)

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  • Thomas Farge Saint-Joseph Rouge Grand Angle 2021

    £31.95

    “Fermented with 50% whole-clusters, the 2021 Saint-Joseph Grand Angle offers moderately intense gravel, red fruits and iodine alongside leafy subtleties. It hits the palate with solid concentration and bright acidity, concluding with good energy on the savory finale. Drinking window: 2024-2028. 90 points”

    Nicolas Greinacher, Vinous (03/24)

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  • Charvin Cotes-du-Rhone Le Poutet 2019

    £22.75

    Review to follow

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  • Domaine du Monteillet Saint-Joseph 2019

    £26.49

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