Rhône Wine

  • Saint Péray Mousseux Brut: Domaine Biguet

    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.

    • 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'

    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.

    • 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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  • 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.

    • Half Bottle £11.00
    • Half Bottle Case £264.00
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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 Rouge: Alain Graillot 2011

    Crozes Hermitage Rouge: 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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  • 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.

    • Half Bottle £10.75
    • Half Bottle Case £258.00
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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, hailing from a blend of Merlot ang Grenache Noir 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    • Half Bottle £9.25
    • Half Bottle Case £222.00
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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 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.

    • 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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  • 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.

    • Half Bottle £6.00
    • Half Bottle Case £144.00
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  • Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2011

    Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 2011

    An outstanding Southern Rhône blend from another bastion of reliability in the vicinity, our old friend Yves Chéron. 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: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2011

    Saint-Joseph: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2011

    The Chave's own estate St Jo hails from their Syrah vines on the hillsides above their cellars in Mauve, the historic heartland of the appellation. It reveals the true spirit and terroir of the appellation.

    • 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

    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.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Gamay: Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche 2013

    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.

    • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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.

    • 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

    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!

    • Bottle £85.00
    • Bottle Case £1,020.00
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  • Saint Péray: Domaine Biguet 'Nature' 2012

    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.

    • Bottle £16.50
    • Bottle Case £198.00
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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'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.

    • 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

    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.

    • 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 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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 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: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    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.

    • 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 Châteauneuf du Pape is forward and ready to go, with plenty of kirsch, blackberry, garrigue and cured meat aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. Full-bodied and nicely concentrated, it's a classic, elegant and complex red that can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or longer. As is common with a lot of 2006s, it has a traditional feel, yet offers solid fruit and texture". 94/100 Jeb Dunnock, Wine Advocate, Oct 2014

    • 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
    • Bottle Case £114.00
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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, with enough weight to accompany seafood and poultry in creamy sauces.

    • Bottle £33.50
    • Bottle Case £402.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2011

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2011

    "the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful Provençal flair in its garrigue, dried flowers, pepper and sweet berry fruit. Possessing more mid-palate depth than I remember, as well as good length, it's a perfumed, charming and medium-bodied effort to drink over the coming 4-5 years." Drink 2014-2020, 88/100, Jeb Dunnock – www.eroberparker.com

    • Bottle £21.50
    • Bottle Case £258.00
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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. This Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre blend exemplifies all that is great about the increasingly-popular Southern Rhône reds.

    • Bottle £10.50
    • Bottle Case £126.00
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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
    • Bottle Case £222.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2013

    Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cépage Viognier 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £10.25
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  • Brézème: Domaine Lombard Blanc 2013

    Brézème: Domaine Lombard Blanc 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £17.75
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  • Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Le Grand Chêne' Rouge 2012

    Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Le Grand Chêne' Rouge 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.

    • Bottle £17.50
    • Bottle Case £210.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £13.75
    • Bottle Case £165.00
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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Les Terrasses Blanc 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £8.50
    • Bottle Case £102.00
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  • Gigondas: Pascal Frères 2007

    Gigondas: Pascal Frères 2007

    This is a fabulous example of Gigondas from 2007, one of the best Southern Rhône vintages for many years. A finely crafted wine which will feature frequently chez Yapp as we enter into the cooler weather and game season... pull up a chair and put another log on fire!

    • Bottle £15.25
    • Bottle Case £183.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
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  • Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2013

    Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2013

    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
    • Bottle Case £252.00
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  • Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages: Saint Gayan 2011

    Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages: Saint Gayan 2011

    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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  • Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2013

    Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Saint Gayan 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
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  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: Domaine de Durban 2011

    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.

    • Bottle £17.25
    • Bottle Case £207.00
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  • Côtes du Vivarais 2013

    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.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1988

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1988

    "And lastly, the 1988 Hermitage is an elegant, perfumed and mineral-laced effort that's drinking at point. Giving up plenty of sweet cherry and red currants, leather, crushed rock and hints of green olive, it has no hard edges, solid mid-palate richness and a focused finish. It's a mature, elegant and classy Hermitage to drink over the coming 4-5 years. 95/100". Jeb Dunnock, erobertparker.com

    • Bottle £240.00
    • Bottle Case £2,880.00
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1993

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1993

    This vintage, which is generally horrible (many producers declassified because the fruit was so rotten), is a surprising success in a few cellars. Chave's 1993, which will probably be dumped by retailers because of the vintage's reputation, is an excellent wine. Some acidity does poke through in the finish, but the wine exhibits plenty of pure, ripe black and red fruits that are neither vegetal nor moldy. It possesses good density and medium body, and appears to be one of the two finest Hermitages of this justifiably maligned vintage (the other being the remarkable Ermitage Le Pavilion from Ch

    • Bottle £110.00
    • Bottle Case £1,320.00
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1999

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 1999

    "More in the style of the '01, the 1999 Hermitage is a serious effort that gives up a mineral-drenched profile of red and blackcurrants, beef blood, iron and dried flowers. More forward on the nose than the palate, with a tight, yet seamless texture that carries ample concentration and length, with bright acidity, it should continue to shine for another decade. 94/100." Jeb Dunnock, erobertparker.com

    • Bottle £240.00
    • Bottle Case £2,880.00
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  • Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2007

    Hermitage: Jean-Louis Chave Rouge 2007

    "The spectacular 2007 Hermitage boasts a dense purple color along with notes of creme de cassis, loamy soil, crushed rocks and acacia flowers, a rare opulence and a full-bodied style. Reminiscent of the 1991 Hermitage (a great vintage for Chave as well as most top producers in Hermitage), it should drink well for 20-25 years. 95/100, Drink 2011-2036." Robert Parker

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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2012

    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, Drink 2015-2025 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate - October 2014

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  • Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 2011

    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 - Wine Advocate, December 2013.

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  • Crozes Hermitage: Equinoxe 2013

    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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  • Collines Rhodaniennes: Le Pied de Samson 2013

    Collines Rhodaniennes: Le Pied de Samson 2013

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

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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2013

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2013

    Rare white Chateauneuf-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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  • Lirac: Domaine Maby La Fermade Rouge 2013

    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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  • Côtes du Rhône: Cuvée Personelle 2010

    Côtes du Rhône: 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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  • Coteaux de l'Ardèche: Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    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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  • Grignan-Les-Adhemar: Le Grand Dèves 2013

    Grignan-Les-Adhemar: Le Grand Dèves 2013

    This mid-weight, easy drinking blend of Syrah and Grenache is ann 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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  • Vacqueyras: Cuvée Spéciale 2011

    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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  • IGP Vin de Pays de la Drôme: Domaine Lombard 'La Côte' 2012

    IGP Vin de Pays de la Drôme: Domaine Lombard 'La Côte' 2012

    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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  • Château Grillet: Pontcin 2012

    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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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.