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


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 Gangloff

Jean-Philippe Padié Petit Taureau VDF

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Petit Taureau. Colour: Red. Grapes: Carignan Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre, exact blend depends on the year, see below. About: named after a song by Claude Nougaro from 1967 filled with references to wine, women and song, “Je suis un petit taureau…”. An extraordinary wine that captures the terroir, the Mediterranean, … Continue reading Jean-Philippe Padié Petit Taureau VDF

VDF Margot

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Margot. Colour: Pale red. Grapes: Syrah 2/3, Muscat d’Alexandrie 1/3 About: To celebrate the birth of FX’s first daughter who arrived bang in the middle of his second harvest (while working full-time at Matassa, moreover), a fantastically unusual blend of just 300 bottles that turns out to be delicious, and … Continue reading VDF Margot

Les Clos Perdus Languedoc L’Année Rouge

Appellation: Languedoc. Cuvée: L’Année Rouge. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache 60%, Syrah 30%, Carignan 10%. About: a blend designed to tell the story of the year rather than selected parcels. Yet it always reflects the Clos Perdus style for rich fruit and vibrant energy. From 2018, there’s some purchased fruit, so the wines are released under … Continue reading Les Clos Perdus Languedoc L’Année Rouge

VDF Anima

Appellation: Vin de France. Cuvée: Anima. Colour: Red. Grapes: Grenache noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre a third each. About: FX Dauré’s second, big red, but still typical of his style for freshness and digestibility. Made by whole bunch carbonic maceration without any extraction. Vines Location: just south of Espira in the Roussillon. Size: 1.5 hectares. Age: … Continue reading VDF Anima