Few know of her, Natacha Chave. But if you’re into Rhône, the Chave name probably made you curious. Natacha is the younger sister of Yann Chave and since a few years she produces a red Saint-Joseph and more recently she’s added a Crozes-Hermitage to he portfolio.
Natacha’s wines goes under the name Domaine Aléofane [...]
1970. The demand for Condrieu had declined for a longer time which also resulted in low prices. Only ten hectares of Condrieu remained. 2013. Still a tiny appellation but now with almost 140 hectares of the difficult to cultivate-Viognier. The reason for the upswing, the boom over the last decades? Have a Condrieu from one [...]
I still remember the first time I had a Jasmin. It was the 1976 Côte Rôtie and it was just about to hit the 20th birthday. A gorgeous wine and a completely new experience back then. 2013 and I’m visiting Ampuis. On the to do-list; talk with Patrick Jasmin who today runs the show.
Enter a wine bar in Tain l’Hermitage, in the northern parts of the Rhône Valley. The Cave du Taurobole for example. Ask for the wine list. The charming and enthusiastic owner Nathalie Monterastelli and her husband will of course help you to chose if asked, but as a true fan of Raveneau you know [...]
The Mistral did what it could, to keep me away from Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, but was beaten by pure motivation. If Tain l’Hermitage was cold it was perhaps even worse close to Ampuis, where the world-famous slopes are to be found. The unfriendliness of the Mistral, just a few degrees plus, some snow from [...]
From 17 C in Avignon to 5 C in Tain l’Hermitage. Spring canceled. But who cares? Finally I got the chance to run up that hill….
Pilgrimage number one – Hermitage. When it comes to Syrah there’s nothing like a northern Rhône in my world. Hence the undescribable feeling when walking [...]
Second day; the show continues with even more great finds, masterclasses and a move up north later in the afternoon, to Tain l’Hermitage.
The charming girls at the family run Tavel estate of Domaine de Tourtouil. One wine is made – the Tavel rosé. Aromatic and with fine intensity thanks to a restricted [...]
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