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Rhone Valley

Domaine Philippe Verzier, CHAVANAY (WHITES AND REDS)

Perched high up on the steep hillsides above Chavanay, this dynamic estate is run by one of the new generation of 'vignerons' who are making considerable waves on the international market. Chavanay was one of the three original communes that were included in the original creation of the Condrieu appellation in 1940 and the young Philippe Verzier, who took control of the family vineyards in 1988, has emerged as a leading light in the appellation.

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Domaine des Entrefaux, CHANOS-CURSON (REDS AND WHITES)

Charles and François Tardy parted company with Bernard Ange a few years ago and the 25 hectare estate is now making some of the most exciting red and white wines to be found in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. François is a qualified oenologist and installed a new winery just before the 1999 harvest and, at the same time, introduced a judicious amount of oak ageing for all the wines. However, like all good wine-makers, he realises that the root of quality is to be found in the vineyards and he and his father, Charles, have made enormous strides in canopy management and yield control.

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Les Vignerons Ardchois, RUOMS (REDS AND WHITES)

Les Vignerons Ardèchois is a 'union' of twenty small cooperatives with its headquarters in the town of Ruoms, situated on the river Ardèche, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, about 70km. east-south-east of Montelimar. Always an excellent source for red wines, the Vignerons Ardèchois are now making some quite delicious whites.

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Domaine de Montine - GRIGNAN (REDS, WHITES AND ROSS)

One of the most positive results of our recent buying trip in the Rhône Valley, was our fortuitous discovery of the quite delicious wines from Domaine de Montine, situated at Grignan in the heartlands of Tricastin country. Owned by the Monteillet family for three generations, the 70 hectare estate is run by two brothers, Jean-Luc Monteillet who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars and Claude (or Claudy to his friends!) who handles the viticultural side of the business. The domaine is split up in to 55 hectares of vines (45 hectares in the Côteaux du Tricastin communes of Grignan and Valaurie and 10 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône communes of Grillon and Taulignan) and 6 hectares of lavender production, 3 hectares of truffle "oak woods" and a further 6 hectares of woodland. Since 1994, the Monteillet's have been working their vineyards using eco-friendly methods.

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Domaine de la Roquette - CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE (REDS AND WHITES)

When the Brunier family bought la Roquette in 1986, no one really realised the potential of this extraordinary 40-hectare estate. The domaine is made up from a number of fragmented parcels of very old vines (average age 45 years-old), situated in three distinctive zones on the rocky plateau to the north of the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape . Our long-standing partnership with Daniel and Frédéric Brunier has proved extremely fruitful as this is an estate that has leap-frogged into the top division in the past five years or so.

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Domaine du Vieux Tlgraphe - BDARRIDES (REDS AND WHITES)

Along with Château de Beaucastel, Vieux Télégraphe, is recognised as the very best estate in Châteauneuf. It is owned by the Brunier family, who also own Domaine de la Roquette, our other mainline Châteauneuf along with Domaine les Pallières, our favourite Gigondas. If Beaucastel represents power and weight then Vieux Télégraphe stands for elegance and restraint yet with a depth of complex flavours which appreciate time to blossom. Vieux Télégraphe was founded in 1898 at Bédarrides by Hippolyte Brunier. It was in 1792 that Claude Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, built one of his signal stations on the Plâteau de la Crau where the vineyards are located. Hippolyte therefore called his estate Vieux Télégraphe.

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Domaine des Rosiers, AMPUIS

Louis Drevon has 7 hectares of prime-site Côte Rôtie split up in to 27 little parcels of vines on the steep escarpment above Ampuis. He uses 3% Viognier with his Syrah to give his wines that added freshness, and the sheer complexity and profondity of the Drevon Côte Rôties has attracted considerable attention in the past few years, culminating in an excellent recent revue in the 'Wine Advocate'. Drevon's wines are non-filtered and super-intense and can be drunk in their youth but will also keep for many years.

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Domaine Vincent Paris, CORNAS

Certainly Vincent Paris was always destined to be one of the northern Rhône's superstars as his obsessive dedication to improving quality was one of his cornerstones when establishing this property. Vincent kicked off with a deeply impressive 2000, making rather atypical (for such an abundant year) powerful and masculine wines with good backbone. These are wines that are remarkably pure with a profound concentration but, at the same time, accentuate the finesse and elegance of the Syrah. The Granit 60 comes from the highest vineyard slopes (the 60 referring to the degree of the slope!) and is entirely aged in 1, 2 and 3 year-old barrels and, by coincidence, the vines are also 60 years-old. (This wine often sells out before we can list it!)

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Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, VACQUEYRAS (RED)

Please don't think that we go out of our way to buy our Rhône wines from odd-ball characters, it's probably because it takes an eccentric to achieve that little something different that sets their wines apart from their neighbours and friends. Serge Férigoule's personal life has, finally, taken a turn for the better and he is now living in a proper house, has a girl-friend and has regular access to his three children. (For those who have not been following the Férigoule 'saga', his wife left him for his cousin, refused to move out of the house next to the winery -where she still lives- and Serge lived in a loft above his vats for two years, with only a hammock to sleep in). When the Vacqueyras appellation broke away from the Côtes du Rhône Villages 'family' in 1990, Serge realised that this was the ideal time to create something totally out of the norm and today has a quite remarkable selection of Vacqueyras which he has hand-crafted with enormous passion. Recently, Robert Parker put Serge's wines in to the superstar category but, typical of the man, he has maintained our allocation just as it was before, despite phenomenal demand from the USA. From 16-hectares of vineyard (where he uses no pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers) he annually makes a pair of wines which he names (in Provençal French) after one of his daughters. These cuvée names change on a year-to-year basis with the one constant being the top selection which is called Cuvée Lópy . The names which alternate are: Doucinello, Floureto and Alais.

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Domaine les Pallires, GIGONDAS

It was no secret that Pierre Roux, the previous owner of this estate, had been keen to sell les Pallières for a number of years. We have had a close association with this splendid domaine almost since we started in business and were delighted when it was bought (just before the 1998 harvest) by the Brunier family (of Châteauneuf-du-Pape la Roquette and Vieux Télégraphe) and their American importer, Kermit Lynch. It is one of the most beautiful estates in southern France, with its terraced vineyards forming an amphitheatre around the old house. It also has one of the coolest micro-climates in the Gigondas appellationAt its pinnacle in the late 1970's, this great domaine was making some of the southern Rhône's finest wines but as the Roux brothers became less dynamic with age, this exceptional vein of quality gradually disappeared.

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Domaine Nol Verset - CORNAS

Noel Verset made his first vintage in 1942 from vines that he had bought ten years before on three different plots of land. Unlike many producers, he has always blended wines from the three vineyard sites rather than making three different cuvées.
M. Verset firmly beleived that what goes on in the vineyard and what goes on in the cellar are vital to producing quality wines and until recently he was doing much of the vineyard work himself - hard work in this steep vineyard. He even grafted his own vines, not trusting the local nursery. Low yields, destemming, and a gentle press, before bottling without filtering helps to explain why quality here has always been so good. The fact that some of the vines are over a hundred years old probably helps too!

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Rhone Valley - continued

Domaine Bernard Faurie - TAIN L'HERMITAGE

Bernard Faurie has been building up his vineyard holdings since the early 1980's and now has nearly two hectares in Les Greffieux and Le Méal having started with only half a hectare. His present cellar also serves as a general storage area not only for the winery but for his family as well and a tasting here can be quite alarming as Bernard leaps over old bikes and other household paraphenalia in order to reach a specific barrel. A new cellar is being built. Bernard Faurie is a very serious producer of Hermitage.

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Paul Jaboulet An - LA-ROCHE-DE-Glun

This, the most famous wine produced by Paul Jaboult Aîné and is named after the small chapel at the summit of the hill. It was built in 1235 by a knight, Chevalier Gaspard de Stérimberg. He had been wounded in 1224 during the Albigensian crusade, and sought permission from Queen Blanche de Castille to establish an hermitage on this slope which, in turn, provided a memory of this valiant knight, it now totals 130 hectares (325 acres). Jaboulet's "La Chapelle" vineyards cover 21 hectares (52.5 acres), in different sites. The Hermitage Chapel itself was purchased by Paul Jaboulet Aîné in 1919. Their wine is made exclusively from Syrah grapes, from vines with an average age of 40 years. Facing due south, on an east-west axis, the exposure of the slope is exceptional, as not one ray of sunshine can escape it, and cold winds are deviated. Its soil consists of granite arenas covered with micaschist and gneiss, but also with deposits of round, alluvial pebbles in places. This diversity explains the existence of individual lieux-dits within the appellation (Bessards, Méal, Greffieux, Rocoules, etc…). Our vineyards on each of these microclimates produce a palette of wines with distinct complexity, finesse and structure. These are assembled to produce the inimitable Hermitage "La Chapelle", that is, about 80,000 bottles (6,500 cases) per year.

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Domaine Roche-Audran - VISAN (RED)

The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his early 30's but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Côtes du Rhônes. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines. Very careful selection is carried out in the vineyards and in the winery and minimum intervention is used during the fermentation and ageing processes. The special cuvée Père Mayeux is named after Vincent's great-great-grandfather and is a 60/40 Syrah/ Grenache blend from vines planted in 1902, predominantly on the Buisson side of Visan. Although this a richly silky wine, it is made very much in an elegant style rather than as a highly extracted block-buster. It is immensely flavoured with loads of black and red cherry fruit with overtones of chocolate and spice.

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Domaine Auguste Clape - CORNAS

Some of the finest wines from Cornas come from the tiny cellars of Auguste Clape (who is gradually handing over to his son, Pierre-Marie) who has about 26 hectares of vineyards right in the heart of the appellation. The steep hillside vineyards that surround the village must be a nightmare to work but with some extremely old vines (some well over a hundred years old) Clape makes a very seductive wine.

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Domaine le Prieur de Montzargues - TAVEL [ROS]

This leading Tavel estate was recently sold to Alain Dugas of Château la Nerthe fame. Alain has placed his son, Guillaume, in charge. They have 34 hectares of old vines planted on sandy soil, yielding around 40 hectolitres oer hectare.

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Domaine Roger Sabon - CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

Roger Sabon's estate is meticulously run on a day-to-day basis by Roger's son, Jean-Jacques and they are both very forward thinking, looking at all times to improve the quality of their wines.

The estate is surprisingly small, around 14 hectares, and is divided between the Lirac, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône regions.

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Domaine Rabasse-Charavin - CAIRANNE

With 68 hectares under vine in Cairanne and the Plan de Dieu outside Violès, the charming Corinne Couturier is one of the most serious and committed wine makers in the southern Rhône. Ably assisted by her daughter (not to mention her parents who are very much in attendance and her grand-daughter) she is making some of the best wine in Cairanne.

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Sweet Wines (Vins Doux Naturels)

Domaine de la Soumade - RASTEAU [RED AND WHITE]

"The superstar of Rasteau is André Roméro [of Domaine la Soumade] who produces five cuvées of drop-dead gorgeous wine." Robert Parker was obviously excited!
André shares his three big passions with the best chef in the area and they all point to the type of guy he is - wine, food and Marseille football. He is a small gaunt man with striking grey eyes and is entirely self-taught and believes passionately in low yields (35 hectolitres per hectare for this Villages wine) and extended fermentation. He has invested in an automatic pigeage system along Burgundian lines which ensures maximum extraction. The Grenache, Syrah and Mouverdre grapes (roughly a third each but this varies slightly in each vintage) are cold macerated for 4 days before a fermentation of about 20 to 30 days.

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Domaine du Durban - BEAUMES DE VENISE

If there is one property you would want to live in in France, this would be the one! The Leydier family's property has a charming and typically French house with a panoramic view of the Ventoux in three directions.

The wine is now made by Madame Leydier's son Bernard who grows 25 hectares of 35 year old Muscat de Frontignan à petit grains blanc which he claims is far superior to the more normal Muscat de Frontignan à grains noir seen in the area. The yield is never in excess of 30 hectolitres per hectare so a concentration of flavour is almost guaranteed. Add to this that the grapes are harvested by hand and after a long, cold fermentation in tank, the wine remains on its fine lees for 4 or 5 months before a light filtration and the addition of pure alcohol to bring the strength up to 15% abv.

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Domaine des BERNADINS - BEAUMES DE VENISE

Domaine des Bernardins is one of the oldest and most respected producers of Beaumes des Venise and actually helped create the appellation in the early 1940s. Their style is a bit heavier and perhaps less aromatic than some but is regarded as one of the best.

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