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Between Vienne and Valence

White and red wines from the Northern Rhône

12 October 2013
Werner Elflein

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View of Tain-l'Hermitage

Geologically and climatically, the northern part of the Côtes du Rhône differs significantly from the southern. Between Vienne in the north and Valence in the south, the river flows through a valley bordered by the foothills of the Massif Central in the west and the Alps in the east.

On the sometimes very steep, often terraced slopes, Syrah is mainly grown as the only red wine variety permitted in the various appellations. The share of white wines has increased in recent years and is now almost 20 percent. The main grape variety here is Viognier. However, Marsanne Blanche and Roussanne are also gaining some importance.

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Syrah grapes

The soils of the northern Rhône are characterised by volcanic granite rock from the Massif Central, partly covered by slate, gneiss, limestone, loess or various sediments.

The Syrahs of the individual appellations are difficult to compare with each other. The interplay of different soils and microclimates is too complex to be able to speak of a uniform style of wine. However, the high-quality red wines of the region have one thing in common: they need at least a few years to mature, sometimes considerably more than a decade.

The white wines, on the other hand, are said to have a limited ageing potential of no more than five years.

We took a look around the northern Rhône and tasted four white wines, including two Viogniers, in addition to a broader selection of Syrahs.

In the following overview, we present the eight appellations of the growing region in a little more detail.

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.

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I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.

The wines at a glance

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The rating of the wine reflects the mean value from a tasting by our jury.
The wine was evaluated in a blind tasting.
The wine was tasted as a barrel sample or before an official test number (Amtliche Prüfungsnummer or Staatliche Prüfnummer) was issued.
In our tasting, the wine exhibited a qualitative defect or a wine fault. Depending on the type and severity of the defect or wine fault, the wine was downgraded or rejected.

White Wines

Guy Farge

18, Chemin de la roue • 7300 Saint-Jean-de-Muzols • France
Phone: +33 4 75065849
Internet: www.vigneron-guy-farge-rhone.com • E‑mail: guyfarge@orange.fr

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WinewhitedryMarsanne BlancheRoussanne

2008 “Vania” Saint-Joseph

France

Rhône ↳ Saint-Joseph • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

13 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Route Nationale 7, Les Jalets • 26600 Tain l'Hermitage • France
Phone: +33 4 75846893 • Fax: +33 4 74845614
Internet: www.jaboulet.com • E‑mail: contact@jaboulet.com

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WinewhitedryViognier

2010 Crozes-Hermitage “Les Jalets”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Domaine du Tunnel – Stéphane Robert

20, Rue de la République • 7130 Saint-Péray • France
Phone: +33 4 75800466 • Fax: +33 4 75800650
E‑mail: domaine-du-tunnel@wanadoo.fr

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WinewhitedryRoussanne

2011 Saint-Péray Roussanne

France

Rhône ↳ Saint-Péray • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Le Vins de Vienne

1, Zone d'Activité de Jassoux • 42410 Chavanay • France
Phone: +33 4 74850452 • Fax: +33 4 74319755
Internet: www.vinsdevienne.com • E‑mail: contact@vinsdevienne.com

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WinewhitedryViognier

2010 “La Chambée” Condrieu

France

Rhône ↳ Condrieu • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

14 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 19 August 2018 by Werner Elflein

17

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Red Wines

Domaine Les Bruyères

12, Chemin du stade • 26600 Beaumont-Monteux • France
Phone: +33 4 75847414 • Fax: +33 4 75841406
Internet: www.domainelesbruyeres.fr • E‑mail: domainelesbruyeres@orange.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2011 Crozes-Hermitage “George Reynaud”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Jean-Louis Chave

37, Avenue de Saint-Joseph le Village • 7300 Mauves • France
Phone: +33 4 75082463

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WinereddrySyrah

2004 Hermitage

France

Rhône ↳ Hermitage • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

14 % alcohol

19

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Yann Chave

1170, Chemin de la Burge • 26600 Mercurol • France
Phone: +33 4 75074211 • Fax: +33 4 75074734
Internet: www.yannchave.com • E‑mail: chaveyann@yahoo.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2005 Hermitage

France

Rhône ↳ Hermitage • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

13.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Cave des Clairmonts

755, Route des Vignes • 26600 Beaumont-Monteux • France
Phone: +33 4 75846191 • Fax: +33 4 75845698
Internet: www.cavedesclairmonts.com • E‑mail: contact@cavedesclairmonts.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2007 Crozes-Hermitage “Pionniers”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

13 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Cellier des Dauphins

Route de Nyons • 26790 Tulette • France
Phone: +33 4 75962000 • Fax: +33 4 75973342
Internet: www.cellier-des-dauphins.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2011 “Les Dauphins” Réserve

France

Côtes du Rhône • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13.5 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Dauvergne & Ranvier

Château Saint Maurice • 30290 Laudun • France
Phone: +33 4 66829657 • Fax: +33 4 66829658
Internet: www.dauvergne-ranvier.com • E‑mail: contact@dauvergne-ranvier.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 Crozes-Hermitage Grand Vin

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Domaine Durand – Eric & Joël Durand

Impasse de la Fontaine • 7130 Châteaubourg • France
Phone: +33 4 75404678 • Fax: +33 4 75402977
E‑mail: ej.durand@wanadoo.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 “Prémices” Cornas

France

Rhône ↳ Cornas • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

14 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Étienne Guigal

Château d'Ampuis • 69420 Ampuis • France
Phone: +33 4 74561022 • Fax: +33 4 74561876
Internet: www.guigal.com • E‑mail: admin@guigal.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2009 Côte-Rôtie “Château d'Ampuis”

France

Rhône ↳ Côte Rôtie • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13.5 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Domaine des Hauts Châssis

995, Chemin des Hauts-Châssis • 26600 La Roche-de-Glun • France
Phone: +33 4 75845026
E‑mail: domaine.des.hauts.chassis@wanadoo.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 Crozes-Hermitage “Les Châssis”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

13

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Route Nationale 7, Les Jalets • 26600 Tain l'Hermitage • France
Phone: +33 4 75846893 • Fax: +33 4 74845614
Internet: www.jaboulet.com • E‑mail: contact@jaboulet.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 Crozes-Hermitage “Domaine de Thalabert”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

WinereddrySyrah

2010 Crozes-Hermitage “Les Jalets”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Gabriel Meffre

Domaine de Longue Toque • 84190 Gigondas • France
Phone: +33 4 90123021 • Fax: +33 4 90123028
Internet: www.gabriel-meffre.fr • E‑mail: caveaugabrielmeffre@meffre.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 Crozes-Hermitage “Laurus”

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

12.5 % alcohol

14.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Stéphane Ogier

3, Chemin du Bac • 69420 Ampuis • France
Phone: +33 4 74561075 • Fax: +33 4 74560175
Internet: www.stephaneogier.fr • E‑mail: contact@domaine-ogier.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2007 Côte-Rôtie “La Belle Hélène”

France

Rhône ↳ Côte Rôtie • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

13 % alcohol • bottled under the former name Michel & Stéphane Ogier

18

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Christophe Pichon

36, Le Grand Val • 42410 Chavanay • France
Phone: +33 4 74870678 • Fax: +33 4 74870727
Internet: www.domaine-pichon.fr • E‑mail: chrpichon@wanadoo.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 Côte-Rôtie Rozier

France

Rhône ↳ Côte Rôtie • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Domaine du Tunnel – Stéphane Robert

20, Rue de la République • 7130 Saint-Péray • France
Phone: +33 4 75800466 • Fax: +33 4 75800650
E‑mail: domaine-du-tunnel@wanadoo.fr

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WinereddrySyrah

2009 Cornas

France

Rhône ↳ Cornas • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Vidal-Fleury

48, Route de Lyon • 69420 Tupin et Semons • France
Phone: +33 4 74561018 • Fax: +33 4 74561919
Internet: www.vidal-fleury.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2009 Crozes-Hermitage

France

Rhône ↳ Crozes-Hermitage • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

WinereddrySyrah

2007 Saint-Joseph

France

Rhône ↳ Saint-Joseph • Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC)

13 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

François Villard

330, Route du Réseau Ange • 42410 Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône • France
Phone: +33 4 74568360
Internet: www.domainevillard.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2010 “Mairlant” Saint-Joseph

France

Rhône ↳ Saint-Joseph • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury

Le Vins de Vienne

1, Zone d'Activité de Jassoux • 42410 Chavanay • France
Phone: +33 4 74850452 • Fax: +33 4 74319755
Internet: www.vinsdevienne.com • E‑mail: contact@vinsdevienne.com

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WinereddrySyrah

2011 Saint-Joseph

France

Rhône ↳ Saint-Joseph • Appellation d'origine protegée (AOP)

13 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 12 October 2013 by our jury