Rhône Wine

  • Saint Péray Mousseux Brut: Domaine Biguet

    Saint Péray Mousseux Brut: Domaine Biguet

    Saint Péray Mousseux Brut - a flavoursome, bottle-fermented sparkling wine with a lovely creamy mousse, appealing apricot and brioche aromas and an uplifting palate of fresh orchard fruit with an elegant, dry finish.

    • Bottle £18.50
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Crémant de Die: Brut

    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.

    • Bottle £16.50
    • Bottle Case £198.00
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  • Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent 'Tradition'

    Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent 'Tradition'

    Clairette de Die: 'Tradition' - a gentle sparkling wine low in alcohol with a light, creamy mousse, delicate floral aromas and a refreshing palate of white table grapes. Serve chilled as an aperitif or versatile partner to cake, strawberries or (traditionally) walnuts.

    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 1998

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 1998

    "A retasting of the 1998 Hermitage blanc confirmed its brilliant quality. It is an elegant, floral-scented, structured white Hermitage. It boasts fabulous concentration, but is less flattering and precocious than either the 1999 or 2000. 92/100." Robert Parker

    • Bottle £98.00
    • Bottle Case £1,176.00
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  • Condrieu: Chaillées d'Enfer 2008

    Condrieu: Chaillées d'Enfer 2008

    Diverse scents of tropical fruit, honey and vanilla. A palate of figs and nuts with minerally undertones precedes a luscious, long finish.

    • Bottle £52.00
    • Bottle Case £624.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2010

    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.

    • Bottle £21.50
    • Bottle Case £258.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2010

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2010

    ‘The old-vine cuvée has a darker ruby/purple color and offers a gorgeous concoction of lush black cherries, raspberries, and loamy soil notes with some Provencal herbs and licorice. It is full-bodied, fleshy, and totally seductive and voluptuous. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.’ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

    • Bottle £26.75
    • Bottle Case £321.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2004

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2004

    "The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is similar in style to their 1999 but with more power. A cedary, sweet bouquet of herbes de Provence, roasted meats, kirsch liqueur, resiny notes, and perhaps incense as well, jumps from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fragrant, savory style of wine. Its tannins are present and persistent but sweet and well-integrated. The wine reveals outstanding concentration, purity, and plenty of Provencal typicity. It should drink well for 10-15 years." 90/100. Robert Parker

    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2001

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2001

    "I tasted component parts of the 2001 Hermitage blanc. Aromas of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, and citrus were followed by a medium to full-bodied white with loads of glycerin as well as heady fruit and alcohol. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, and crisper, it is more obviously backward than the 2000." 92-94/100. Robert Parker

    • Bottle £120.00
    • Bottle Case £1,440.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot 2011

    Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot 2011

    Alain Graillot’s success has been built on his ability to produce affordable and readily approachable wines, typified by this red Crozes Hermitage which dominates his production. With attractive red-berry aromas a deep ruby/purple colour and a palate of dark, plummy fruit, black-pepper, olives and moderate tannins, this is a forward drinking Syrah of great charm and value.

    • Magnum £49.00
    • Magnum Case £294.00
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  • Gigondas: Pascal Frères 2006

    Gigondas: Pascal Frères 2006

    Textbook ‘cigar box and spice’ Gigondas aromas with a palate of warm, autumnal fruit elegant tannins and a soft rounded finish.

    • Bottle £15.25
    • Bottle Case £183.00
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  • Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages: Saint Gayan 2010

    Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages: Saint Gayan 2010

    A strapping Rasteau 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.

    • Bottle £12.75
    • Bottle Case £153.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Blanc 2012

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Blanc 2012

    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, un-oaked palate.

    • Bottle £8.50
    • Bottle Case £102.00
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  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 2010

    Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 2010

    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.

    • Bottle £17.25
    • Bottle Case £207.00
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  • Côtes du Rhône: Cuvée Personelle 2009

    Côtes du Rhône: Cuvée Personelle 2009

    A quintessential commercial Côtes du Rhône wine with soft supple tannins, good brambly fruit and a warming, spicy finish.

    • Bottle £11.25
    • Bottle Case £135.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Rouge 2012

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Rouge 2012

    A cherry-coloured red wine with soft, forest fruit flavours that has proven to be a versatile and popular option.

    • Bottle £8.50
    • Bottle Case £102.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Equinoxe 2012

    Crozes Hermitage: Equinoxe 2012

    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, Spring-bottled 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.

    • Bottle £14.50
    • Bottle Case £174.00
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  • Côte Rôtie: La Viallière 2011

    Côte Rôtie: La Viallière 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £32.00
    • Bottle Case £384.00
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  • Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2012

    Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2012

    Pale lemon in colour, this wine displays aromas of apricots and orchard fruits prior to a clean, fresh palate with flavours of citrus fruit and pineapple preceding a dry finish.

    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
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  • Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2003

    Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2003

    "Juicy, with a brambly texture, this has solid blackberry and licorice flavors followed by a very briary finish. Very solid, but lacks the extra dimension of most of its '03 colleagues." Drink now through 2014. 90/100. WS.

    • Bottle £50.00
    • Bottle Case £600.00
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  • Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2004

    Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2004

    The Jasmin Côte Rôtie is always fruit accentuated and has been described by Robert Parker as “the most Burgundian of the appellation”. Commendably no ‘special’ cuvees are made.

    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
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  • Saint Péray: Nature 2011

    Saint Péray: Nature 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £16.50
    • Bottle Case £198.00
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  • Collines Rhodaniennes: Le Pied de Samson 2012

    Collines Rhodaniennes: Le Pied de Samson 2012

    With a bouquet of honeysuckle and violets, a sensuous mid-weight palate of apricots and mirabelles preceding an elegant, dry finish.

    • Bottle £25.00
    • Bottle Case £300.00
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  • Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2010

    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. These are three super efforts from Jean-Pierre Meffre, who owns an estate of 30 acres in Gigondas." Drink 2012 - 2020. RP 88. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, October 2012.

    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
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  • Grignan-Les-Adhemar: Le Grand Dèves 2012

    Grignan-Les-Adhemar: Le Grand Dèves 2012

    A mid-weight, easy drinking wine with an appealing bouquet of garrigue berries with hints of black pepper and a supple, spicy palate of dark fruit over ripe tannins. It is an honest, crowd-pleasing wine for up-market everyday drinking.

    • Bottle £9.25
    • Bottle Case £111.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2010

    Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2010

    A traditional, mid-weight Crozes-Hermitage wine from Pascal Frères with classic farmyard and saddle leather aromas preceding a palate of dark, brambly fruit offset by firm, well-integrated tannins.

    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    This medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has classic cassis aromas and a palate of red-berry fruit underpinned by ripe tannins.

    • Bottle £8.95
    • Bottle Case £107.40
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  • Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2009

    Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2009

    "The 2009 Gigondas exhibits sweet, jammy plum, black cherry and foresty notes, silky tannins and a medium to full-bodied, charming, seductive style that begs for consumption over the next 5-6 years. " Drink 2011 - 2017. RP 89. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, October 2011.

    • Magnum £42.00
    • Magnum Case £252.00
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  • Château Grillet 2010

    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 optional 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.

    • Bottle £130.00
    • Bottle Case £1,560.00
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  • Beaumes de Venise: Vielles Vignes Domaine de Durban 2011

    Beaumes de Venise: Vielles Vignes Domaine de Durban 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Vacqueyras: Cuvée Spéciale 2010

    Vacqueyras: Cuvée Spéciale 2010

    Silky, spicy Southern Rhône Grenache. Subtle enough to enjoy on its own or paired with any meaty dishes.

    • Bottle £14.25
    • Bottle Case £171.00
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  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rouge 2012

    Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rouge 2012

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

    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
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  • Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2011

    Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2011

    Showing a spicy, baked stone-fruit quality with gently warming tannins, that is redolent of this craggy, arid, sun-kissed landscape. It cries out for bold, rustic cuisine and will mature gracefully for a decade or longer in good vintages.

    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
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  • Saint-Joseph: Jean-Louis Chave 'Céleste' 2012

    Saint-Joseph: Jean-Louis Chave 'Céleste' 2012

    A white Saint-Joseph wine, 'Céleste' from Jean-Louis Chave has lovely stone fruit and wild flower scents and a sumptuous, midweight palate of ripe apricots, nuts and minerals with a soft, seductive, elegant dry finish.

    • Bottle £23.95
    • Bottle Case £287.40
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  • Saint-Joseph: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2011

    Saint-Joseph: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2011

    A wealth of briary, berry scents and has a harmonious palate of dark autumnal fruit, underscored by a fresh minerality and a seam of fine-grained tannins.

    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Chardonnay 2013

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Chardonnay 2013

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche - a refreshing, unoaked Chardonnay with delicate, russet apple aromas a clean fruity palate and a crisp, dry finish.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Château Grillet: Pontcin 2011

    Château Grillet: Pontcin 2011

    This is the inaugural vintage of 'Pontcin', the new second wine from mythical 3.8 hectare Rhône monopole, Château Grillet. It's not often a monopole creates a new wine and there's precious little to go around, so don't miss this opportunity!

    • Bottle £42.00
    • Bottle Case £504.00
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  • Gamay: Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche 2013

    Gamay: Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche 2013

    Gamay Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche (VDP) from the Cave de Saint-Désirat co-opérative. A diverse bouquet of red-fruits, turned earth and violets precedes a bright, fruity palate with juicy cassis and blackberry flavours and subtle peppery undertones followed by a soft supple finish.

    • Bottle £8.75
    • Bottle Case £105.00
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2005

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Blanc 2005

    "The 2005 Hermitage blanc is an amazing effort that defines the classic style of white Hermitage. It offers hints of marzipan, roasted hazelnuts, quince, licorice, honeysuckle, citrus oil, and wet stones. It is a superbly concentrated and powerful wine. It should drink well for 30+ years." 96/100. Robert Parker

    • Bottle £150.00
    • Bottle Case £1,800.00
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  • Côtes du Vivarais 2011

    Côtes du Vivarais 2011

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

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2005

    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

    • Bottle £225.00
    • Bottle Case £2,700.00
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  • Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2010

    Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2010

    "This deep purple-hued offering has all the components of a great vintage, with a wealth of dark stone fruit flavours supported by fine tannins and a fresh acidity. It is arguably even more complex than the excellent 2009 from this 'on form' estate." 19/20. Drink 2014 - 2030. Jason Yapp.

    • Bottle £34.00
    • Bottle Case £408.00
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  • Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2007

    Côte Rôtie: Patrick Jasmin 2007

    "The 2007 Jasmin Côte-Rôtie is mid-weight rather than blockbuster with appealing violet and blackberry scents and a supple red fruit palate with hints of herbs and black pepper over a background of supple tannins. It is readily approachable now and will cellar well for a further 5-10 years." 17.5 / 20. Jason Yapp

    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
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  • Cornas: Renaissance 2011

    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.

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

    Cornas Equis 2011

    A lovely bright core of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit supported by fondant tannins, peppery undertones and deftly-integrated oak.

    • Bottle £37.50
    • Bottle Case £450.00
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  • Cornas: Domaine Clape 2001

    Cornas: Domaine Clape 2001

    A dense, dark, brooding wine which sets the benchmark for the appellation. Typically a bouquet of red fruit with underlying hints of leather, spice and wood-smoke precedes a palate of profound concentration and structure with a wealth of dark, black fruit and peppery flavours over rugged tannins, which soften and sweeten with age.

    • Bottle £95.00
    • Bottle Case £1,140.00
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  • Condrieu: Coteau de Vernon 2012

    Condrieu: Coteau de Vernon 2012

    A heady bouquet of wild flowers and white orchard fruit, and a complex palate of peaches, nuts, figs and minerals with an ethereal dry finish - it exhibits power and finesse in equal measure. A wine of true terroir for decanting and sipping reverently over the course of an evening!

    • Bottle £85.00
    • Bottle Case £1,020.00
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  • Domaine Clape: 'Vin des Amis' 2011

    Domaine Clape: 'Vin des Amis' 2011

    In a spirit of altruism that we may regret, we have decided to release a few cases of the Clapes ‘Vin des Amis’, their ‘house’ Syrah from grapes grown on half a hectare outside the Cornas appellation, that is bottled as a humble ‘Vin de France’.

    • Bottle £22.50
    • Bottle Case £270.00
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  • Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière 2013

    Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière 2013

    Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière - a full-bodied rosé wine made in a traditional style. It has a lovely terracotta robe, ripe berry scents and a palate of red fruit with subtle spicy undertones and a delicate rasp of tannin.

    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
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  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Blanc 2013

    Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Blanc 2013

    A well-balanced, versatile, mid-weight white wine that has a lovely, dry, savoury, herb-tinged palate with wild flower scents and a fruity finish.

    • Bottle £11.95
    • Bottle Case £143.40
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  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rosé 2013

    Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rosé 2013

    The Lirac rosé from Domaine Maby is a deep brick-pink colour, with classic berry-fruit aromas preceding a juicy palate, with soft tannins and a dry finish.

    • Bottle £11.95
    • Bottle Case £143.40
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  • Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Le Petit Caboche 2013

    Vin de Pays de Vaucluse: Le Petit Caboche 2013

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

    • Bottle £9.25
    • Bottle Case £111.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot 2012

    Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot 2012

    Alain Graillot’s principal wine, in terms of production, is the celebrated Crozes-Hermitage rouge. Hailing from mature Syrah rootstock on the Les Chassis plateau, it has a wonderful purple robe, an intense black fruit bouquet and plump palate of dark, hedgerow berries and fine-grained tannins offset by a fresh acidity.

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

    Syrah: De Mirebaudie 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.

    • Bottle £14.95
    • Bottle Case £179.40
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  • Côtes du Rhône 'Mon Coeur' 2012: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection

    Côtes du Rhône 'Mon Coeur' 2012: Jean-Louis Chave Sélection

    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.

    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
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  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Georges Vernay Sainte-Agathe 2012

    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.

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

    Vacqueyras: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2012

    A dense powerful Grenache-based belter with notes of blackcurrants spices and garrigue. Lovely, ripe plum and black pepper bouquet and briary, hedgerow berry flavours on the palate.

    • Bottle £14.95
    • Bottle Case £179.40
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2012

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2012

    With subtle aromas of white peaches, acacia flower and apricots, this wine is medium-bodied and crisp with a long, powerful finish. This refreshingly oak-free white Châteauneuf’ is one of the best around!

    • Bottle £18.95
    • Bottle Case £227.40
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2012

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    "Looking at the reds and perfumed and beautifully Provencal, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape has rocking aromatics of kirsch liqueur, lavender, garrigue, licorice and saddle leather to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile. I'd like to see more mid-palate here, but this is all about up-front fruit. Filling in nicely with air (tasted twice from multiple bottles), it should be enjoyed over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021." 91/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2013.

    • Bottle £32.00
    • Bottle Case £384.00
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  • Saint-Joseph: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Terre d'Encre' 2012

    Saint-Joseph: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Terre d'Encre' 2012

    Saint Joseph 'Terre 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.

    • Bottle £26.50
    • Bottle Case £318.00
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  • Saint-Joseph: Alain Graillot 2012

    Saint-Joseph: Alain Graillot 2012

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

    • Bottle £23.25
    • Bottle Case £279.00
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  • Condrieu: Terrasses de l'Empire 2013

    Condrieu: Terrasses de l'Empire 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £49.00
    • Bottle Case £588.00
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  • Condrieu: Chaillées d'Enfer 2009

    Condrieu: Chaillées d'Enfer 2009

    "The 2009 Condrieu Les Chaillees de l’Enfer reveals less minerality in addition to wonderfully succulent, opulent white peach, apricot and honeysuckle characteristics and an explosive perfume of spring flowers and ripe fruit. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity for a 2009, it should continue to drink well for another 2-3 years." RP92. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2011.

    • Bottle £69.00
    • Bottle Case £828.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2006

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2006

    "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals the vintage’s peppery, earthy spiciness along with notes of forest floor, root vegetables, black cherries, and meat. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort possesses moderately soft tannin as well as good body, depth, and richness. It is a strong effort that should age nicely for 15+ years." RP91. Drink 2008-2023. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate.

    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Pinot Noir 2012

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Pinot Noir 2012

    A youthful 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.

    • Bottle £9.50
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  • Condrieu: Domaine Merlin Francois 'Terroirs' 2012

    Condrieu: Domaine Merlin Francois 'Terroirs' 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £33.50
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  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 2012

    Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £10.50
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  • Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 2011

    Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 2011

    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.

    • Half Bottle £5.95
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2012

    Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £18.50
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  • Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2012

    Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £21.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2013

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2013

    With lush, almost tropical, fruit aromas and a pert, peachy palate with an elegant, dry finish, this Viognier from Les Vignerons Ardèchois is a superb interpretation of one of the Rhône valley’s noble white grapes.

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  • Brézème Blanc 2013

    Brézème Blanc 2013

    An elegant, attractive Brézème 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.

    • Bottle £17.75
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  • Brézème: Le Grand Chêne 2012

    Brézème: Le Grand Chêne 2012

    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, not unlike Crozes Hermitage.

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Rhône wines

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 award for Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year - Rhône in both 2010 and 2011.

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.