Rhône

The valley of the Rhône from Lyon to the Mediterranean offers much in the way of striking scenery, from the vertiginous slopes of Côte Rôtie, via the dramatic cliffs of Saint-Peray, to the Provençale palette of the Côtes du Rhône, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux.

This diverse region that presents such a feast for the eyes has become one of the world’s most exciting fine wine-producing areas. A new generation of passionate young grower-winemakers has begun producing wines under their own labels once contracts with the négociants expired. Their enthusiasm and attention to detail have tremendously boosted the quality and distinctiveness of the wines, which are amazingly well priced for the quality they offer.

Within the region, there are two distinct areas that make quite different styles of wine. Deeply-coloured reds made from Syrah, rich whites based on Marsanne and Roussanne, and (in Condrieu only) intensely-perfumed whites from Viognier come from between Lyon and Valence. South of Montélimar, Grenache dominates the paler but velvety red wines, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and others forming a supporting cast.

Whites also tend to be blends, based on Grenache Blanc. Because of the geographical separation of these two areas and the different grapes grown, the character of a given vintage will vary considerably between the two.

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  1. Brézème Cotes du Rhône, Charles Helfenbein

    Medium-bodied, soft, and silky with notes of smoked meat, violet, olive, and pipe tobacco. A deft balance of acid and tannin on the finish. 

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    £19.95
  2. Syrah IGP Collines Rhidaniennes, Charles Helfenbein

    A lovely deep colour of purple and garnet red. Ripe dark fruits and warming spices on the nose with a fleshy mouthfeel and surprisingly long, savoury bitter-chocolatey finish.  

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    £14.50