Heliocentric Wines Same River Twice VDF Rouge

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Same River Twice. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache Noir 80%, Syrah 20%. About: This wine is a fresh take on a classic blend of Grenache Noir with a touch Syrah that expresses aromatic richness of place with fruit purity for freshness and drinkability. It’s made to capture the aromatic richness of … Continue reading Heliocentric Wines Same River Twice VDF Rouge

Balazu des Vaussières VDF Blanc

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: name depends the year – see Vintage Notes below. Colour: Blanc. Grapes: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier. About: Another off the wall wine that’s rich and viscous and appears to have almost no acidity yet is remarkably fresh, energetic and well-balanced with an extraordinary aromatic depth. Biodynamic, made … Continue reading Balazu des Vaussières VDF Blanc

Balazu des Vaussières

Who: Christian and Nadia Charmasson. What: Vin de France. Where: Tavel, Gard, France. When: Since 1995. Note: there may be several Cuvées of red each year, and variations on a theme of white and Rosé so the details are noted under each when you click on the wines. This tiny Domaine, based in Tavel, has … Continue reading Balazu des Vaussières

Domaine Gangloff Saint-Joseph Rouge

Appellation: Saint-Joseph. Cuvée: Rouge. Colour: Red. Grapes: Syrah. About: from vines that Yves and Mathilde bought in 2007, requiring several years to get into good condition. Offers Côte Rôtie-like aromatics and tension, but less fine. Vines Location: From steep hillside vineyards in the northern sector of St Joseph close to Condrieu in the Peyraud lieu-dit. … Continue reading Domaine Gangloff Saint-Joseph Rouge

Domaine Gangloff Côte-Rôtie La Sereine Noire

Appellation: Côte-Rôtie. Cuvée: La Sereine Noire. Colour: Red. Grapes: Syrah. About: One of the world’s great Syrah wines. Stylishly aromatic, elegant, taut, thrilling old vine Cuvée from a blend of schist and granite soils, that fully expresses the richness of fruit character of traditional Côte Rôtie. Vines Location: From several parcels on steep hillsides in … Continue reading Domaine Gangloff Côte-Rôtie La Sereine Noire

Domaine Gangloff

Who: Yves Gangloff. What: Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph. Where: Condrieu. When: Since 1988. The Story Since the mid 1990’s Yves Gangloff has developed a passionate following for his beautifully crafted wines which walk a fine balance between following tradition and appealing to modern tastes. Today he’s organic in the vineyard and his obsessive attention to … Continue reading Domaine Gangloff

Valentin Valles information posted!

Almost everything we know about Valentin Valles’s wines for now has been posted here! Valentin makes some of the most original and natural wines in the Rhône. He worked for a several years at L’Anglore. His own wines have a wonderful lightness of touch, sense of fun and play about them, as well as great balance … Continue reading Valentin Valles information posted!

Lundi VDF Rosé

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Lundi. Colour: Pink. Grapes: Grenache 60%, Cinsault 30%, Syrah 10%. About: more of a pale red, richly flavoured, and quite deeply coloured – especially by comparison with watery pale (and insipid) Côtes de Provence rosés. Remarkable salty acidity balances the deliciously ripe fruit without any cloyingness. It’s named after a … Continue reading Lundi VDF Rosé

Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cuvée: Rouge. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache 85%, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Vaccarèse, around 5% each. About: a classic of the Appellation and an outstanding southern French wine, an outstanding example of Grenache Noir. Every year the wine gets better and fully reflects the vintage. It’s fabulously rich, yet always refreshing and very elegant. Always … Continue reading Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Bois de Boursan information posted!

Everything we know about Bois de Boursan’s wines for now has been posted here! Jean-Paul Versino is one of the few remaining producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work traditionally: a blend of all terroirs of the Appellation, very old vines, whole bunch fermentation with natural yeasts, minimal intervention and long ageing in foudre. He consistently produces … Continue reading Bois de Boursan information posted!

Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cuvée: des Félix. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache 75%, Mourvèdre 20%, Syrah 5%. About: both of Jean-Paul’s grandfathers were called Felix. He created this blend in 1995. In a blind tasting by collectors of 15 year-old 1998’s (a great year), published in the Wine Advocate in 2013 (but not tasted by Parker), the 1998 … Continue reading Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cuvée: Tradition. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache Noir 60 to 70% depending on the vintage, Mourvèdre around 10%, Syrah around 10% and all the others notably Cinsault, Counoise, and Vaccarèse. About: the way Châteauneuf-du-Pape used to be. As traditionally made as it gets, and all the more elegant for it. The key elements are … Continue reading Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Cuvée: Blanc. Colour: White. Grapes: Grenache Blanc 35%, Clairette 35%, Roussanne 15% and Bourboulenc 15%. About: a classic blend of both grape varieties and soils, this white is all about the elegance that comes from working traditionally to express terroir purity. Quite different from most modern white Châteauneuf-du-Papes (or single varietal wines).. Vines … Continue reading Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Domaine Bois de Boursan

Who: Jean-Paul Versino. What: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône. Where: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse. When: Since 1955. The Story Jean-Paul Versino is one of the most affable and enthusiastic vignerons we know. He’s also one of the few remaining producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work traditionally (a blend of all the terroirs of the Appellation, very old vines, whole bunch fermentation … Continue reading Domaine Bois de Boursan

Thierry Alexandre Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage. Cuvée: Blanc. Colour: White. Grapes: Marsanne 50%, Roussanne 50%. About: Just 300 litres produced from 1000m2 of vineyard, made in stainless steel. And Thierry is very generous with his thirsty friends so not even that gets put into bottle. It’s a pity because it’s a spectacular wine, very refined and gentle, from very … Continue reading Thierry Alexandre Crozes-Hermitage Blanc