The Northern Rhone

  • Stunning stuff..... Josh Raynolds' review: "(40% new oak): Brilliant purple. A heady, complex bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, allspice, pipe tobacco and potpourri. Suave and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense blackberry liqueur and violet pastille flavors underscored by a zesty mineral quality. Supple tannins come up slowly, adding finishing grip and shape. This suave wine is surprisingly approachable now." 92 points In stock.
  • Cofermented with a small amount of Viognier, the entry level Cote Rotie from Vernay is class in a glass. The '13 vintage is perfect for the Vernay sensibility, favoring precision and delicacy over raw power/concentration. This will evolve beautifully!!! Here is Josh Raynolds' review: "Bright violet. Focused, high-pitched black raspberry and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals and Asian spices. Juicy and energetic on the palate; alluringly sweet red and dark berry liqueur flavors are given zesty lift and spine by tangy acidity and a repeating mineral note. Smooth, slow-building tannins shape the impressively persistent, spice-tinged finish. This elegant wine should be approachable on the young-ish side but has the depth and balance to age." 93 points In stock.
  • Stunning stuff..... Josh Raynolds' review : "Glass-staining ruby. Spice-accented black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by olive paste, licorice and incense notes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and cherry cola flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Combines richness and vivacity and shows a surprisingly lithe character for its heft. Fine-grained tannins build steadily on the floral, spice-accented finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity." 93 points In stock.
  • The southern neighbor to les Grandes Places, le Plomb is a friendlier to farm high elevation plateau of sorts, most prestigiously known as a large holding for Jamet and Rostaing. This too is a mica-schist dominant site, with SSE exposure. I haven't yet tasted this '14, but I do have reason believe that Raynolds' reviews are exactly opposite, with this being the more implosive and structured of the two bottlings....it will be fun to compare them to decide for ourselves! This is a far smaller production, so please keep that in mind in making your requests. (I don't know how much I will be able to secure...) "Bright violet. Expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, potpourri and vanilla. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur flavors underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Much more approachable and fruit-driven than the Montmain bottling, finishing with excellent power and length and smooth, slow-building tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2013 vintage, NOT THE '14 OFFERED HERE
  • The 40% pitch of Montmain and its pure mother rock soil are quintessential Côte Brune territory, farmed by fellow producers Cusel Roch and Stephane Ogier, among others. On the Côte Rôtie map symbol coded by rock type, this parcel along with its southern neighbor les Grandes Places is one of the most mother rock dominated sites of the entire appellation. This was the parcel that his uncle cleared and replanted himself to create the estate. Approximately 500 cases are produced per year. I've included Josh Raynolds' impression of the 2013, although based on various input (cellartracker too), I have a feeling that maybe Josh confused his review of the two wines. In '14, for example, the Montmain is more "approachable and fruit-driven" than the more tightly coiled le Plomb.... "Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry pit, cassis and licorice, with a suave floral overtone. On the palate, chewy dark berry and violet pastille flavors become spicier and livelier with air. Youthfully firm tannins give shape to the lingering smoky finish. Give this unevolved, slow-to-open but promising wine some bottle age." 90+ points Josh Raynolds for the 2013 vintage, NOT THE '14 OFFERED HERE
  • As good as it gets.  All hail. "Limpid gold. Powerful, expansive aromas of ripe nectarine, pear nectar, fig and pungent flowers are followed by a strong suggestion of smoky minerals building in the background. Concentrated, fleshy citrus and pit fruit flavors show superb focus and become more minerally with air, picking up a touch of anise. The mineral and floral qualities come back emphatically on the incisive, extremely persistent finish, which shows a fabulous marriage of power and finesse." 95 Josh Raynolds In stock.
  • In every vinage, the Clusel Côte Rôties are go as-good-as-it-gets-examples that reflect the vintage quite well, always qualitatively beyond reproach. For the 2015s, power and concentration of both fruit and structure are the key notes. These are long distance runners and then some.....get what you can, and thank me later.... "Deep ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of cherry cola, cassis and olive are complemented by a sexy floral quality that expands as the wine opens up. Juicy, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit flavors show very good clarity and thrust, and a late suggestion of cracked pepper lends spicy bite. Offers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with lingering sweetness and velvety, building tannins." 91-93 Josh Raynolds
  • A step up in concentration and "material", this too is 100% Gamay Noir. Guillaume's work on the Coteaux du Lyonnais wines has only continued to render outstanding results. The effects of long term, respectful and diligent organic vineyard care are undeniable. As good of a value as it comes. "(raised for a year in large, neutral oak casks) Lurid ruby-red. Vibrant cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals, floral pastilles and spicecake. Concentrated red fruit flavors are energetic and sharply focused, and hints of cola and licorice add depth to the back half. Silky, sweet and broad on the long, incisive finish, which features soft tannins and lingering floral and mineral notes." 91 Josh Raynolds
  • "(made from fruit grown in Malleval): Opaque ruby. Spice-accented blackberry and blueberry on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and sharply focused, displaying very good focus and a hint of cracked pepper on the back half. The long finish features lingering smokiness and dusty, late-arriving tannins that add shape and grip." 90 points Josh Raynolds FOR THE 2014, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE.
  • 100% syrah, from vines just above the Condrieu slope.  Wonderfully spicy and perfumey, quite noble in its profile.  Seriously good. Here is Josh Raynolds' review: "Vivid ruby. Spice-tinged red fruits, incense and fresh flowers on the perfumed nose. Vibrant, mineral-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and vivacity and pick up a subtly smoky element with air. Juicy, focused and gently sweet on the lively finish, with the berry and floral notes repeating." 91 points for the 2014, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE.
  • From 40 year old vines in Chavannay, in the lieu dit Ribaudie. WOW good.  A baby cote rotie, without the appellation.....incredibly intense violet character, super long and fine, minerally.  Yummo Here is Josh Raynolds' review : "(raised in barriques, none of them new) Brilliant violet. Fresh red and dark berries, licorice, candied flowers, vanilla and smoky minerals. Lively and focused on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a delicate touch and a complementary hint of peppery spices. Becomes sweeter and deeper with aeration and finishes spicy and very long, gentle tannins adding shape and grip." 91-92 points