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A Pair of IGP Collines Rhodaniennes from 2012


I think of the wines of Collines Rhodaniennes as affordable examples of Northern Rhone Syrah.  I have been drinking two staples of this designation for a few years now, notably the Domaine Michel Ogier, La Rosine, Syrah and the Domaine Faury, Syrah.  One reason for the affordability of these wines is the allowance for higher yields in the vineyard.  The balance between yield and price can hit a sweet spot to provide both aromatic and youthful, grapey wines.  With the pair of wines featured in today’s post, I have now been able to taste three new wines including the previously described 2012 Jamet, Syrah.  The 2012 Domaine Eric et Joel Durand, Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes is on the refreshing side of wines.  Though it has a citric hint it still shows the meat and smoke that makes Northern Rhone Syrah so attractive.  The 2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes clearly revealed more depth.  What I could not capture in my tasting note was the unique floral-infused flavor.   Rather than rely on my tasting notes you should just accept my recommendation to try these wines.  IGP Collines Rhodaniennes deserves to be amongst your rotation of the more southern Cotes du Rhones wines.  The Durand was purchased at Pike & Western Wine Shop and the Gerin at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine Eric et Joel Durand, Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $15
Imported by Cavatappi Distribuzione.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vineyards very close to the south of St. Joseph that was fermented then aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13%.  There were young, grapey black fruit flavors in the mouth.  The black tartness was refreshing and matched an orange or lime hint.  This clean wine was gently expansive with good young fruit, some weight, and a little smoky meat.  It opened up well with air.  ** Now-2017.

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2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $19
Imported by Esprit du Vin.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from both young and 20+ year old vines on soils of mica-schist and granite.  It was aged for 12 months in 60% barrqiues and 40% stainless steel.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The young, grapey nose revealed more depth.  In the mouth was a tart tingle on the tongue-tip, followed by a black middle with ripe hints in the finish.  There was an interesting floral component followed by an expansive, inky aftertaste.  *** Now-2019.

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