Charlemagne Wine Club - 2014 Tastings

Monday 20 January 2014

Wines of the Rhône presented by David Carter

Changing Tradition in the Rhône Valley
The negociant company Paul Jaboulet Aîne has been sold to satisfy the French inheritance laws. The Perrins of Château Beaucastel now have interests and properties in other parts of the southern Rhône. Tradition can be a good thing, but circumstances change and the next generation will often have different ideas about moving on.

As a diversion from our almost annual Châteauneuf-du-Pape tastings we will venture to other parts of the Rhône valley. In the north, there are growers banding together to become negociants and lobbying for recognition for forgotten vineyards. There are also consultant oenologists who become growers and negociants. In the south, there are winemakers who have lost their way but now have found the light again and, of course, there are the foreign invaders. And who do you turn to when your family company is sold?

The Rhône has been blessed with a run of fine vintages over the last few years. We will be tasting some younger wines and some slightly older from both the North and South, made by Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard, François Villard, Jean Luc Colombo and Nicolas Jaboulet and Famille Perrin among others, and perhaps even an interloper from across La Manche!

Wines tasted -
1: Lirac Blanc La Fermade 2012 Domaine Maby - £8.95
2: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011 Château Mont Redon - £18.50
3: Syrah Viognier 2011 Nicolas Perrin - £8.95
4: Les Candives Syrah VdP 2011 Yves Cuilleron - £12.50
5: Heluicum IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes 2010 Les Vins de Vienne - £20
6: Seul et Scene Terre de Vienne VdP des Collines Rhodaniennes 2007 Domaine Villard - £30
7: Crozes-Hermitage Les Gravières 2012 Jean-Luc Colombo - £12.50
8: Cairanne Peyre Blanche 2010 Famille Perrin - £9.99
9: Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues 2006 Domaine du Janasse - £20

All wines from the Wine Society except wine 3 from Waitrose.
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