On my final day in the Rhône Valley on this trip to taste the 2009 and 2008 Northern Rhône Syrahs (as well as the whites), I visited Jean-Louis Chave in Mauves. After an adventurous walk up and down the slopes of some of his newest vineyard projects, some of which are now coming on line, I went back to the cellar to taste the latest vintages from barrel. Here are my notes.
I returned to Cornas to taste the Syrah-based wines at Jean-Luc Colombo today, as well as those at the terrific Delas domaine. Here are my notes.
I spent my ninth day in France's Rhône Valley tasting the 2009 and 2008 lineups at Cave de Tain, Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet and Maison Nicolas Perrin. Here are my notes.
On the afternoon of my eighth day in France's Rhône Valley, I went to M. Chapoutier to taste the négociant's most recent vintages, from the St.-Joseph and Cornas bottlings to the potentially classic wines from Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. Here are my notes, along with a few videos.
I made one more stop in Crozes-Hermitage to taste the 2008 and 2009 wines of the young but talented Emmanuel Darnaud, and then headed to Tain to visit the house of Michel Chapoutier, where I first tasted the new wines from Ferraton Père et Fils.
A. Clape, in Cornas, and Jean-Paul & Jean-Luc Jamet, in Côte-Rôtie, are two of the Rhône Valley's top producers. This past Sunday, with the rest of the Rhône taking the day off, I sat down to taste verticals from each of these domaines, including Clape back to 1983 and Jamet back to 1989. Here are my tasting notes.
Today, on Day 6 of my annual barrel tasting tour of the Rhône Valley, I finished up in Cornas by visiting with one of the region's most exciting young vignerons, Matthieu Barret of Domaine du Coulet, followed by a drive to Crozes Hermitage to visit Maxime Graillot, who has taken over for his father, Alain, at the family's domaine.
In part 2 of today's tastings in Cornas, I visited A. Clape and Nicolas Serrette to take tasting notes on their Syrah-based wines from the 2009 and 2008 vintages.
In part 1 of today's tastings in Cornas, I visited Franck Balthazar and Thierry Allemand to taste the Syrahs at these two old-school domaines, after getting a flat tire fixed...
While traveling through France's Rhône Valley to taste the red and white wines from the 2008 and 2009 vintages, I made first-time visits to four St.-Joseph domaines that stood out in my recent blind tastings: Domaine Faury, Laurent Betton, Domaine Monier / Monier-Perréol and Eric Rocher. Following are my tasting notes on some of the notable still aging in their cellars.
On my third day back in France's Rhône Valley, I visited the domaines of R. Rostaing, Benjamin & David Duclaux, Yves Cuilleron, Les Vins de Vienne and Francois Villard to check out the 2009 and 2008 Syrahs, as well as some whites.
On my second day back in France's Rhône Valley, I visited the domaines of E. Guigal, J. Vidal-Fleury, Pierre-Jean Villa and Georges Vernay to check out the 2009 and 2008 Syrahs, as well as some whites.
On my first day back in France's Rhône Valley, I visited the domaines of Jean-Michel Gerin, Clusel-Roch, Jean-Luc & Jean-Paul Jamet, Michel & Stéphane Ogier and Stéphane Montez to check out the 2009 and 2008 Syrahs, as well as some whites.
I sat down with a trio of vintners from Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone Valley of France, Sophie Armenier of Domaine du Marcoux, François Giraud of Domaine Giraud and Didier Negron of Domaine Roger Sabon. The topic on everyone's mind was the weather.
Derek Mossman Knapp, a native of Canada, has lived in Chile for the past 20 years. During his last 10 years in Chile, Mossman Knapp, 45, has made wine, working as founder and head of Garage Wine Co. and as a member of Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes (MOVI) a small group of independent wine growers that include Viña La Reserva de Caliboro, Flaherty, Agricola La Viña and others. Here is his firsthand account of his experience following the earthquake that struck southern Chile on Saturday morning.
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