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Rhône Wine

Rhône wines are some of the most remarkable and distinguished wines in France.
The Rhône valley is divided into two distinct areas - the Northern Rhône starts just south of Vienne and stretches to Valence where it produces red wines from the single noble variety, Syrah. The Northern Rhône appellations of Hermitage, Côte Rôtie and Cornas are full-bodied and have fantastic ageing potential while lighter, forward-style Rhône reds such as Crozes Hermitage & Saint Joseph serve as cheaper alternatives. Three grapes, Viognier (notably at Condrieu and Château Grillet), Marsanne and Roussanne, are responsible for the white wines which, like the reds, are rich and full.
The Southern Rhône, which stretches from Valence into Provence above Avignon, is flatter, hotter and wetter than the north and the wines are blended with an array of grapes - in Châteauneuf du Pape itself, up to 13 grape varieties are permitted. Grenache dominates the red wine production whereas the whites, from the same grapes as wines in the Northern Rhône, plus Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc, are fairly rare accounting for only 5% of production. These Rhône wines, along with their rosé counterparts (in Lirac & Tavel) are best drunk young (within 3 years of the vintage).

“The bottom line is that there has never been a better time for the smart money to buy into the Rhône – whether you’re a drinker, collector or, indeed, an investor” John Stimpfig, Decanter Magazine 2007

Yapp Brothers are proud to have won the International Wine Challenge Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year - Rhône award in 2015, 2011 and 2010.
  • Saint Péray Mousseux Brut: Domaine Biguet

    Made from pure Marsanne that is bottle-fermented in the méthode traditionelle, then hand-riddled in wooden pupitres. Like many good sparkling wines, it will cellar well for a year or two and makes a cracking accompaniment to canapés - smoked salmon or gougères would be ideal.

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    • Bottle £18.95
    • Bottle Case £227.40
  • Crémant de Die: Brut

    Crémant de Die Brut - a light, dry sparkling wine with aromas of orchard fruit preceding a palate of russet apples and pears underscored by minerally nuances followed by a fresh, clean finish.

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    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
  • Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent 'Tradition'

    This organic Clairette de Die is a gentle sparkling wine low in alcohol making it a peerless mid-morning restorative and a great wine for picnics and garden parties. The classic food accompaniment is walnuts (which thrive locally) but it is well suited to all manner of cakes and fruit-based desserts.

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    • Bottle £16.25
    • Bottle Case £195.00
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2010

    "The charismatic mayor of Chateauneuf du Pape, Jean-Pierre Boisson, bottles early and makes some of the most delicious and alluring wines of the appellation. They are not meant for long-term aging, but rather to be drunk in their first 5-8 years of life." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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    • Magnum £53.00
    • Magnum Case £318.00
  • Château Grillet 2010

    This vintage enjoyed very balanced climatic conditions with a cold Winter and a warm Summer following a late Spring. A sunny September, with cool nights, provided an optimal pre-harvest environment. The finished wine has attractive grapefruit scents with apricot and floral notes preceding a palate of white peaches with a soft, creamy texture and long, elegant finish.

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    • Bottle £130.00
    • Bottle Case £1,560.00
  • Gamay: Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche 2013

    This Gamay Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche (VDP) from the Cave de Saint-Désirat co-opérative drinks well lightly-chilled in the Summer and makes a fine accompaniment to all manner of picnics, barbecues and light lunches.

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    • Bottle £8.95
    • Bottle Case £107.40
  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2005

    "Made in a totally different style, the masculine, backward 2005 Hermitage exhibits an inky/dark ruby/purple color along with aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs, and scorched earth. The minerality and tannins dominate this gamy, thick, rich 2005, which, given its tannic structure, is closest in style to a vintage such as 1995 or 1998. Give it 7-10 more years of cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades." 95+/100. Robert Parker

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    • Bottle £225.00
    • Bottle Case £2,700.00
  • Cornas: Renaissance 2011

    'Renaissance' is a slightly lighter, more forward and approachable wine than the Clapes' classic Cornas but it still displays all the signature characteristics of this domaine - a bouquet of dark hedgerow berries, a core of complex black fruit tastes with a grainy texture and a fine structure of tannins.

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    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
  • Cornas Equis 2011

    A lovely Cornas wine in the modern style, produced by Alain Graillot's son, Max and friend Thomas Schmittel. This sexy Syrah which scored 93/100 with The Wine Spectator is drinking well now, but could be cellared for a decade.

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    • Bottle £37.50
    • Bottle Case £450.00
  • Saint Péray: Domaine Biguet 'Nature' 2012

    The Saint Péray: Nature has a bouquet of white peaches with some faint herbal undertones and a bright palate of soft, stone-fruit underscored by some attractive mineral notes.

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    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Blanc 2013

    White Lirac is deserving of wider recognition and the Maby bottling, made from a cépagement of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Piquepoul, is a fine example. It drinks well on its own but is a shoo-in with seafood.

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    • Half Bottle £7.25
    • Half Bottle Case £174.00
  • Crozes Hermitage Rouge: Alain Graillot 2012

    Alain Graillot’s principal wine in terms of production hails from mature Syrah rootstock on the Les Chassis plateau. It has an intense black fruit bouquet and plump palate of dark, hedgerow berries. Drinking well now, this much-celebrated wine will mature happily for a decade or more in good vintages such as this.

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    • Bottle £21.50
    • Bottle Case £258.00
  • Syrah: De Mirbaudie 2013

    Vibrant, fruity, youthful Syrah from Domaine Georges Vernay with a generous concentration of supple, brambly fruit, good cedar and sandalwood aromas, and a ripe, rounded, spicy mid-palate with diverse flavours of plums, cassis, and coffee over soft and smooth tannins.

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    • Bottle £15.50
    • Bottle Case £186.00
  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Georges Vernay Sainte-Agathe 2012

    A warming Northern Rhône Syrah. It has a bright, black fruit bouquet and a complex and concentrated palate of plums and damson with hints of herbs and a smooth, supple finish.

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    • Bottle £19.50
    • Bottle Case £234.00
  • Vacqueyras: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2012

    "A singed alder note provides the frame here, with steeped cherry and damson plum fruit at the core. A subtle iron accent lines the finish. Drink now through 2016. 89/100." James Molesworth, Wine Spectator.

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    • Bottle £15.25
    • Bottle Case £183.00
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    "It's a forward, supple and sweetly fruited effort that offers up loads of kirsch, garrigue, licorice and pepper on the nose. Playing in the medium-bodied, elegant spectrum, it will evolve nicely for 7-8 years." 91/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2014.

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    • Bottle £32.25
    • Bottle Case £387.00
  • Saint-Joseph: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Terres d'Encre' 2012

    Saint Joseph 'Terres d'Encre' from Domaine Georges Vernay is a classic dark, Northern Rhône Syrah - an appealing bouquet of violets and dark berries and sumptuous black fruit palate, offset by some cooler granitic notes, a fine acidity and some deftly-integrated oak.

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    • Bottle £27.25
    • Bottle Case £327.00
  • Côte Rôtie: La Viallière 2012

    Never amongst the heaviest wines at Côte Rôtie, this is a Domaine associated with elegance and finesse. The Champet wines are 'bien classique' with fine berry fruit and violet aromas preceding a palate of dark, orchard fruit and well-integrated tannins.

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    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
  • Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2011

    A traditional, mid-weight Syrah wine from the ever-popular Pascal Frères. With classic farmyard and saddle leather aromas preceding a palate of dark, brambly fruit offset by firm, well-integrated tannins, it can't fail to please when matched with a good steak or a confit of duck.

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    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Blanc 2013

    This terrific, crisp all-rounder has deservedly become one of our 'go to' recommendations for parties, receptions and events. It has a subtle bouquet of citrus fruit with hints of herbs and a zesty, dry, unoaked palate.

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    • Bottle £8.75
    • Bottle Case £105.00
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2013

    This terrific Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, from a world-renowned estate, is made from a blend of Clairette and Roussanne - it has a fragrant, citrus bouquet and supple, stone fruit palate.

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    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
  • Rasteau: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Ilex' 2011

    A strapping Rasteau wine with dark ruby colour, copious quantities of chocolate and black cherry flavours and warming tannins. This warming blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault out-punches and out-points many a Chateauneuf' and is just the kind of wine to cosset one through a chilly winter.

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    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 2011

    With a heady bouquet of orange blossom and apricots and a wonderfully honeyed palate of ripe peaches and yellow plums this hedonistic sweet, golden Muscat wine is delicious with all manner of fruit-based desserts and makes for a superb 'bonne bouche' at the end of a meal.

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    • Bottle £17.50
    • Bottle Case £210.00
  • Côtes du Vivarais 2013

    A full-bodied, earthy, dry, red Rhône wine. This Côtes du Vivarais wine has a bouquet of dark hedgerow berries that precedes a full-bodied palate of black fruit with warming undertones of earth and spices.

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    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2012

    "Even better than the classic cuvée, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was aged in equal parts foudre and concrete tank. It's is a ripe, muscular effort that has plenty of black raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted bread and licorice. Impressive on all accounts, enjoy this medium to full-bodied, rounded, textured and classic Châteauneuf du Pape over the coming decade." 91/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2014.

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    • Bottle £26.95
    • Bottle Case £323.40
  • Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2011

    "A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and a splash of Mourvedre that’s aged 60% in foudre and 40% in tank, the 2011 Gigondas Tradition is another classic, traditional effort that gives up plenty of wild herbs, pepper, tobacco leaf and underbrush-styled aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, beautifully made and with solid mid-palate depth and sweet tannin, it too should have a decade or more of longevity." Drink 2013 - 2023. RP 87-89. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - December 2013.

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    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
  • Crozes Hermitage: Equinoxe 2013

    The Graillot family is famous for producing fruit-forward accessible red wines made from the Syrah grape. The Crozes Hermitage Equinoxe is an excellent, youthful example, crammed with dark, hedgerow-fruit scents and flavours offset by supple tannins. This wine makes an ideal partner to red meat dishes or flavoursome, hard cheeses. Bottled under screwcap.

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    • Bottle £14.75
    • Bottle Case £177.00
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2012

    "It's a forward, supple and sweetly fruited effort that offers up loads of kirsch, garrigue, licorice and pepper on the nose. Playing in the medium-bodied, elegant spectrum, it will evolve nicely for 7-8 years." 91/100. Jeb Dunnuck, www.eroberparker.com - Oct 2014.

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    • Bottle £21.95
    • Bottle Case £263.40
  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rouge 2013

    The red Lirac La Fermade from Domaine Maby is an under-rated Chateauneuf'-style blend that is the quintessential fireside red wine.

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    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
  • Côtes du Rhône: Pascal Frères Cuvée Personelle 2010

    A négociant wine that has graced these pages for decades coming from our old chum Yves Chéron’s 'Pascal Frères' stable. Their über-reliable 'Cuvée Personelle', from a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre blend, has deservedly garnered a loyal following. It drinks very well with 3-5 years bottle-age.

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    • Bottle £11.75
    • Bottle Case £141.00
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    This straight Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ardèche is one of our most popular red wines and exhibits plenty of varietal character. With bright blackcurrant aromas and a plummy, mid-weight palate with a fresh acidity, it has a terrific 'rapport qualité prix' and would give many a Petit Château Claret a good run for its money.

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    • Bottle £8.95
    • Bottle Case £107.40
  • Grignan-Les-Adhémar: Le Grand Dèves 2013

    This mid-weight, easy drinking blend of Syrah and Grenache is an honest, crowd-pleasing drop for up-market everyday drinking, so it's just the kind of wine to have to hand when the rest of the rugby team decided to stay for supper!

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    • Bottle £9.25
    • Bottle Case £111.00
  • Vacqueyras: Cuvée Spéciale 2011

    A silky, spicy Southern Rhône Grenache blend that impresses customers and staff alike in successive vintages. Subtle enough to enjoy on its own, but sublime when paired with game dishes.

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    • Half Bottle £8.50
    • Half Bottle Case £204.00
  • Château Grillet: Pontcin 2012

    Pontcin is the new 'second' wine from mythical 3.8 hectare Rhône monopole, Château Grillet. There's precious little to go around, so don't miss this opportunity!

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    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2012

    "A classic wine from this estate, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful kirsch, roasted meat, ground pepper and assorted wild herbs and lavender aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and a tight, structured and nicely concentrated palate. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2024." 92/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2014.

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    • Half Bottle £16.50
    • Half Bottle Case £396.00
  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Blanc 2014

    White Lirac is deserving of wider recognition and the Maby bottling, made from a cépagement of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Piquepoul, is a fine example. It drinks well on its own but is a shoo-in with seafood.

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    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
  • IGP Vin de Pays de la Drôme: Domaine Lombard 'La Côte' 2013

    This 'mini-Côte Rôtie' blend of Syrah (90%) and Viognier (10%) is an absolute steal in terms of Northern Rhône Syrah. It has a rich purple robe and juicy, peppery palate.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Pinot Noir 2013

    A youthful Ardèche Pinot Noir which has subtle strawberry scents and a core of soft, juicy redcurrant fruit with pleasant smoky undertones over gentle tannins. It won’t be harmed by a brief sojourn in an ice bucket!

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    • Bottle £9.50
    • Bottle Case £114.00
  • Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Domaine de Durban Viognier 2014

    New to our list in 2015 is this precocious 'IGP' Viognier from the Leydier family (Domaine de Durban) whose sweet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise wines we have been taking for some years. This new addition demonstrates the high quality of the family's dry white wines and we hope you'll agree that it represents indecent value for money.

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    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Clape 2012

    We are thrilled to have secured a parcel of the Clape family's terrific Côtes du Rhône, described as "an especially good bargain" by none other than Robert Parker. It will be at its best when matched with game or grilled red meats.

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    • Bottle £27.50
    • Bottle Case £330.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Merlin Francois 'Terroirs' 2013

    Francois Merlin, now ably assisted by son Laurent, makes a delicious and stylish Condrieu wine which has alluring, minerally undertones and a long elegant finish, with enough weight to accompany seafood and poultry in creamy sauces.

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    • Bottle £34.00
    • Bottle Case £408.00
  • Beaumes de Venise: Vielles Vignes Domaine de Durban 2013

    This Beaumes de Venise 'Vielle Vignes' cuvée from Domaine de Durban is a wonderful, life-affirming Southern Rhône red wine with a lovely, sun-baked berry bouquet and a brooding, briary palate with a core of dark, berry fruit over rugged tannins.

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    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
  • Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2012

    "Tasted out of barrel and the most impressive of the lineup, the 2012 Gigondas Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a tank-aged blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Loaded with mineral and crushed stone nuances intermixed with pepper and dark berry fruit, it is dense, concentrated and edgy on the palate, with bright acidity, solid mid-palate depth and fine tannin. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well for 10-12 years. Count me a fan and it's worth checking out." 90-92/100. Drink 2013 - 2025. Jeb Dunnuck - www.ero

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    • Bottle £17.75
    • Bottle Case £213.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Les Chaillées de l'Enfer' 2010

    "Even better are the late-released 2010s. The 2010 Condrieu 'Les Chailees de l'Enfer' is fabulous. A stunning nose of spring flowers, honeysuckle, lychee nuts and vague tropical fruits soars from the glass. Medium to full-bodied with great acidity as well as minerality, this beautiful white wine can be enjoyed over the next several years. " RP94. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012.

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    • Bottle £69.00
    • Bottle Case £828.00
  • Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2011

    "Incorporating 5-6% Viognier, Jasmin's 2011 Cote Rotie was harvest on September 22 and was aged 18-20 months in barrel. It exhibits a pretty, focused profile to go with lots of sweet cherries, blackberry, rose petal and subtle olive and background meatiness. Slightly richer and more textured than the 2012, it's a beautiful wine to drink over the coming decade." RP 91. Drink: 2014 - 2025. Jeb Dunnuck - eRobertParker.com - December 2014.

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    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
  • Gigondas: Pascal Frères 2011

    A sumptuous and already accessible Gigondas from Yves Chéron, who runs the highly regarded 'Pascal Frères' négociant house. A terrific food wine - grilled red meat, stews and braises are the order of the day.

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    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
  • IGP Vin de Pays de la Drôme: Domaine Lombard Viognier 2014

    A vibrant northern Rhône Viognier at a 'petit prix'. With bags of varietal character, it is packed with ripe, tropical fruit flavours and was a happy find when we tasted in situ.

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    • Bottle £10.95
    • Bottle Case £131.40
  • Cornas: Domaine Clape 2011

    "Starting with his 2011 Cornas, it’s a rocking wine in the vintage that’s still showing every bit as well as it did on release. Massive minerality, violets, bloody meat and sweet blackcurrant and black raspberry-like fruit all emerge here, and it’s fabulously textured and silky on the palate. It will be interesting to see if this ever shuts down, but right now, it’s a great drink. If you have multiple bottles, give one a try." 95/100, Jeb Dunnock, erobertparker.com

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    • Bottle £65.00
    • Bottle Case £780.00
  • Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2010

    "This rich, attractive red reveals lots of garrigue, licorice, black currant and sweet kirsch notes along with an expansive, round, delicious personality. It is ideal for drinking now and over the next 5-8 years." Drink 2012 - 2020. RP 88. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct 2012.

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    • Magnum £45.00
    • Magnum Case £270.00
  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Coteau de Vernon' 2011

    The jewel in the Vernay crown and, to many observers, the finest Condrieu bar none, the celebrated ‘Coteau de Vernon’ hails from a steeply-terraced, single vineyard in the centre of the appellation. It drinks wonderfully well from release but will keep for up to 20 years in all but the lighter vintages. Bring on the quenelles!

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    • Bottle £90.00
    • Bottle Case £1,080.00
  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2010

    "As for the 2010 Hermitage Blanc, it is an exquisite wine with fabulous fruit intensity. Lots of acacia flower, anise, quince, fig and pineapple intermixed with a hint of white peaches emerge from this well-delineated, full-bodied, enormously endowed, complex, dry white Hermitage. This wine lives up to the reputation bestowed on it by President Thomas Jefferson when he said in the 1780s that white Hermitages were France’s greatest white wine. The 2010 should drink well for 30-40+ years." 97/100. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - De

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    • Bottle £175.00
    • Bottle Case £2,100.00
  • Côtes du Rhône: 'Mon Coeur' Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 2013

    A deliciously ripe Syrah / Grenache blend with a wonderful core of dark, berry fruit supported by a framework of ripe tannin with cooling, grantic notes and a sleek, sophisticated texture. It is readily approachable from release.

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    • Bottle £13.50
    • Bottle Case £162.00
  • Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2010

    Like all top-drawer négociants, the ever-reliable Yves Cheron (aka Pascal Frères) secures an allocation of Cru wines in the great years, as well as the lesser ones. So we were delighted recently to taste his red 2010 from the legendary Northern Rhône Cru of Hermitage. We drank it, we loved it and we bought it... all. It is a silky, spicy, seductive delight that could be approached now, but will age gracefully for at least a decade.

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    • Bottle £39.00
    • Bottle Case £468.00
  • Saint-Joseph: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection 'Circa' 2013

    We are delighted to have secured an allocation of the Chaves' white Saint-Joseph that is bottled under their 'J-L Chave 'Sélection' négociant label and has been terrifically well-received.

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    • Bottle £24.00
    • Bottle Case £288.00
  • Hermitage: Alain Graillot 2013

    Esteemed Crozes Hermitage winemaker, Alain Graillot, farms a few rows of vines on the famous hill of Hermitage. It is well worth trying this supple, relatively forward-drinking wine that is a bargain by Hermitage standards.

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    • Bottle £49.00
    • Bottle Case £588.00
  • Collines Rhodaniennes: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Le Pied de Samson' 2014

    Christine Vernay's 'Le Pied de Samson' bottling is not actually a Condrieu per se as it hails from the upper plateau, above 300 metres above sea level, which doesn’t fall within the boundaries of the official appellation, so is bottled as a relatively humble Vin de Pays. No matter, it's a Viognier that gives many a vrai Condrieu a good run for its money. It makes an alluring aperitif and requires little accompaniment save perhaps a few olives. It is intended for relatively forward drinking over the next 2-3 years.

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    • Bottle £25.00
    • Bottle Case £300.00
  • Vacqueyras: Cuvée Spéciale 2012

    A silky, spicy Southern Rhône Grenache blend that impresses customers and staff alike in successive vintages. Subtle enough to enjoy on its own, but sublime when paired with game dishes.

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    • Bottle £14.75
    • Bottle Case £177.00
  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 2013

    Yapp is known as a Rhône specialist and this is our flagship Côtes du Rhône, so it ought to be very good ...and it is! Spice, jammy fruit and a rich silky finish. This Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre blend exemplifies all that is great about the increasingly-popular Southern Rhône reds.

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    • Bottle £10.75
    • Bottle Case £129.00
  • Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière 2014

    Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière - a full-bodied rosé wine made in a traditional style. It's a great food wine, beloved by savvy sommeliers, and would go down a treat with a harissa roast chicken or a spicy vegetable tagine, and makes an ideal partner to Asian dishes.

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    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rosé 2014

    The Lirac rosé from Domaine Maby is a deep brick-pink colour and a great food wine. Pair it with a broad variety of foods from salmon to charcuterie, and it also lends itself well to Oriental cuisine.

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    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
  • Saint-Joseph: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2012

    "The 2012 Saint Joseph, which was just bottled, showed beautifully, and I continue to see more and more terrific, world-class wines from this appellation. Exhibiting terrific blackberry, ground pepper, crushed rock and underbrush, it's medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an open, sexy style that's already hard to resist. Drink it over the coming decade." 93/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Dec 2014.

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    • Bottle £39.00
    • Bottle Case £468.00
  • Brézème: Domaine Lombard Blanc 2014

    An elegant, attractive Brézème Blanc wine that reveals aromas and flavours of nuts and orchard fruit prior to a clean, dry finish. Benefits from decanting and should not be served too chilled. Ideal as an aperitif or with seafood, fish or poultry.

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    • Bottle £17.95
    • Bottle Case £215.40
  • Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Le Grand Chêne' Rouge 2013

    Dark, concentrated, traditional Syrah with lots of spice and tobacco flavours and good dark, plumy fruit. Made very much in the uncompromising style of a classic Northern Rhône, this red Brézème wine is not unlike Crozes Hermitage.

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    • Bottle £17.50
    • Bottle Case £210.00
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Rouge 2014

    A cherry-coloured red wine, hailing from a blend of Merlot and Grenache Noir with soft, forest fruit flavours that has proven to be a versatile and popular option.

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    • Bottle £8.75
    • Bottle Case £105.00
  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2014

    This Viognier merits special commendation as it is a difficult grape to grow and vinify, and this version from Vignerons Ardéchois has lovely exotic fruit characteristics and a finesse that belies its modest price tag. Light enough to be drunk on its own as an aperitif, it has enough weight to take fish, poultry and substantial salads in its stride.

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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Chardonnay 2014

    A refreshing, unoaked Chardonnay from the Ardèche, a happy hunting ground for well-made and keenly priced wines. It's a stalwart crowd-pleaser that's ideal for serving at buffets and drinks parties.

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  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan Rosé 2014

    New to our list in 2015, this cracking Syrah / Grenache rosé wine from the ever-reliable Meffres will make for terrific summer drinking.

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  • Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2014

    This superb white Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, made from a blend of Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache, is fresh and dry with ample apricot and peach flavours offset by mineral undertones.

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  • Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Le Petit Caboche 2014

    This lip-smacking, supple Grenache-based blend from Vaucluse has dollops of red fruit and warm, spicy flavours. Made by Jean-Pierre Boisson (former Mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) and his daughter Emilie.

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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2014

    Rare white Châteauneuf-du-Pape represents less than 5% of the AOC production and this refreshingly oak-free example is one of the best around!

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  • Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2013

    Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises - a juicy, youthful Syrah with classic blackberry and pepper aromas and a palate of ripe plums and damsons over supple tannins.

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  • Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2014

    An elegant blend of Marsanne and Roussanne from one of the Rhône's leading winemakers. Not for nothing is this a favourite Rhône white of many a wine journalist.

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  • Saint-Joseph: Alain Graillot 2013

    A rare Saint-Joseph from Alain Graillot. Fine Autumnal fruit scents and flavours with some pleasant peppery undertones and supple tannins.

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  • Condrieu: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Terrasses de l'Empire' 2014

    This Condrieu 'Terrasses de l'Empire' from Domaine Georges Vernay is bien classique, with subtle scents and flavours of white peaches, lychees and grilled nuts, a taffeta texture and persistent palate. It is a classic of the appellation.

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Quick and Easy Guide to Rhône wine

Outwit wine buffs with your synoptic knowledge of the Rhône

Overview:
From its source in the Swiss Alps, the mighty Rhône hurtles south through the steep-sided terraces south of Lyon, through to the flatter, hotter landscape around Avignon. There is a clear transition in both the wines (single variety, low yields in the North; blending and bigger volumes in the South) and the food (cooking with butter in the North, olive oil down South) as one travels from a continental climate to Provence. Wine production dates back to Roman times, but is now dominated by red (80%), with 14% rose and only 6% white. The UK is its largest export market – we love it!

Area Under Vine:
71,000 hectares, France’s 2nd largest AOC wine area.

Key AOCs:
Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Château Grillet, Cornas, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Côtes-du-Rhône.

Principal grapes:
Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Syrah, Grenache Noir.

Notable domaines:
Guigal, Vernay, Chave, Chapoutier, Clape, Perrin, Reynaud.

Local delicacies:
Quenelle de brochet (pike dumplings), Saint Marcellin (cheese), truffles, nougart (in Montélimar), salade Lyonnaise, Valhrona chocolate (Tain).

Restaurants we like:
Pyramide (Vienne), Pic (Valence), Le Mangevins (Tain Hermitage), Le Chaudron (Tournon), & Le Beaugravière (Mondragon), Le Beau Rivage (Condrieu), La Mère Germaine (Châteauneuf’).

Famous people from the region:
The Pope (ok; when in exile), aviator Antoine St-Exupèry, chef Paul Bocuse, electro pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, ‘rugby man’ Sebastien Chabal (Valence).

Things to do:
Visit the Roman amphitheatre in Orange; dance ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’ during the music festival; kayak down the Ardèche; cycle up Mont Ventoux; visit the 'bouchons' of Lyon then explore the labyrinth of 'traboules' (ancient network of alleyways built by silk workers); visit the phenomenal shoe museum in Romans-sur-Isère.

Bien classique:
Crozes Hermitage rouge: ‘Alain Graillot’.

Autre chose:
Saint Péray ‘Nature’: J L Thiers.