Category Archives: Rhone Valley

Mas de Libian Vin de Petanque 2011, Coteaux de l’Ardèche, Rhone Valley

This is a ‘natural’ Vin de Pays hailing from an organic clay-limestone (with flat stones) vineyard in the Ardèche department of South-Central France. The Thibon family have owned the estate since 1670 and have developed it into a biodynamic operation since 2005. … Continue reading

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Domaine de l’Oratoire St Martin Cuvee Prestige 2010, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone

A great way to kick off International Grenache Day celebrations. From the fantastic 2010 Rhone Valley vintage, made with fruit off vines planted in 1905 (109 years old!), this is a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mourvedre that sent 18 months … Continue reading

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Mas Romani (Mas Alta) Els Pics 2009, Priorat, Spain

Bodegas Mas Alta, based in the Priorat village of Vilella Alta, is a partnership of five Belgian families. The wine is made under consultation of two lords of the CdP scene – Michel Tardieu (of Tardieu-Laurent fame) and Philippe Cambie … Continue reading

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Domaine La Roubine Gigondas 2010, Rhone Valley, France

  Another delicious Rhone wine from the solid 2010 vintage. The Domaine la Roubine Gigondas 2010 is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Dark ruby purple colour, youthful floral nose with aromas of blackberry … Continue reading

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Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 1999, North Rhone, France

The last vintage of the nineties marks a decade of inconsistency, stretching in/to the mid-2000s. But in more recent time, the new owners and a new winemaking team have restored the La Chapelle to the heights of its glory day. The … Continue reading

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