When it comes to Syrah I know what I want. That is; how I wish for it to smell and taste. As the grumpy old (?) man I’m starting to sound like, you’ve probably guessed it already.
Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Hermitage and Saint-Joesph are my preferred choices, although Australia have contributed to some of [...]
The art of seduction belongs to the 2009 Château d’Ampuis from Guigal. As I taste it all the vinous logic I’ve accumulated for two decades – which should have me writing down something like ‘cellar for at least five or six years’ – instantly vanishes. This is lust. Pure seduction. The d’Ampuis from Côte-Rôtie is [...]
Yes, there are some Roman remains in the city of Vienne that probably are worth some extra attention. But then again; Vienne is next to the Rhône river and just a few kilometers south you will find Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Sorry Romans, but the priorities is set on my pilgrimage visit to the world’s [...]
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.
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 [...]
Indigenous is trendy. It’s cool to dare saying no to uniformity. That should however not stop producers from being innovative and seeking exciting, but perhaps unorthodox results. Take the Polena as an example. Donnafugata has found a way to put Cataratto, the most planted green grape on Sicily, on the map.
Well, it was [...]
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