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Rhone Valley - French Wines


The river lends its name to one of the most picturesque as well as productive wine regions in France. Most of the Rhône’s southern journey takes it through hot and dry country, and because the grapes receive a maximum amount of sun, vintages vary less than in many other fine French wine regions. The wines tend to be full-flavored: Reds are robust and alcoholic and the best need time to mature. As could be predicted for such a warm region, the whites are less important, just 4 percent of production. They tend to be full-bodied, floral and have a lush texture from lowish acidity. The lively, stylish rosés are among the best in France.

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The Rhône wine region in France is divided into north and south. The Northern Rhone produces Syrah based reds and pure Viognier whites. The Southern Rhone produces Châteauneuf-du-Pape and other blends from several varieties. The first cultivated vines were likely planted in 600 BC.

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This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savory white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.2009: 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "(Roughly half syrah and half  more
Sku: 006267


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Cornas is the fabled 100-percent Syrah-based Rhône Valley wine with legions of fans—and stratospheric prices. This “baby” Cornas is a Côtes du Rhône made with 100 percent Syrah rather than the usual Côtes du Rhône blend and is made by a Cornas ... more
Sku: 041696


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A sleeper of the vintage, the 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Lises is an outstanding, as well as reasonably priced, effort exhibiting plenty of dense black currant fruit, licorice, roasted herb, new saddle leather and spice box characteristics. ... more
Sku: 033507


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The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and  more
Sku: P58355


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The Offerus project started with the 1995 vintage. As the appellation of St. Joseph has expanded in size over the past few years, Jean-Louis' goal was to search out small domains from the heart of the appellation, with values reflecting those which ... more
Sku: 024879


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  Sku: P58651


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Slightly richer and more full-bodied, the 2011 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is certainly a standout in the vintage. Offering a sweet bouquet of black raspberry, cassis, forest floor, cracked pepper and assorted background meatiness, it flows onto the ... more
Sku: P57640


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  Sku: 113502


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Intensely Flavored, with green olive flavors overlaying big, black fruit. Great acidity. A big ... more
Sku: 045105


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2007: 98 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "Just being released, the spectacular 2007 Hermitage Ex-Voto exhibits a discrete hint of oak (despite its 42 month aging in 100% new French oak) along with plenty of creme de cassis, more
Sku: 044781


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2007: 96 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "The stunning 2007 Cote Rotie La Mouline boasts notes of sweet lychee nuts, licorice, black raspberries, kirsch and a floral/honeysuckle character that one associates with white ... more
Sku: 044779


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The 2003 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde is probably the finest cuvee of regular Cote Rotie that Guigal has produced since 1999 or 1991. Stunningly rich, it offers a beautiful, sweet nose of cassis, mocha, espresso, bacon fat, black olives, and ... more
Sku: 042971


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The opaque purple-colored 2006 Hermitage Ex-Voto reveals notes of black fruits, graphite, ink and acacia flowers along with fabulous intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity and high, but sweet tannins that caress the palate. Despite having ... more
Sku: 042255


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JM, Wine Spectator: "Medium-weight, with well-defined red plum, red currant, floral, mocha and mineral notes. Gains depth through the finish, where a cocoa note chimes in. Drink now through 2015. 2,500 cases made."
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Sku: 042041


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Aged in new French oak, this medium-bodied red presents quintessential black olive and savory herbal notes that are balanced by a streak of minerality that runs through the wine.Michel Tardieu’s 2009 red Northern Rhone offerings still have a long ... more
Sku: 1702453  


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