Posts Tagged ‘Collines Rhodaniennes’

A Solid Northern Rhone Value: 2018 Faury, Syrah

September 17, 2019 Leave a comment

The 2018 Lionel Faury, Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes balances both freshness and ripe fruit in the unmistakably Northern Rhone fashion.  It is a wine which is cool and elegant at first then you notice the expected floral notes followed by the desired, surprising suggestion of fat.  It could stand half a year in the cellar.  You may find this fine value at MacArthur Beverages.

2018 Lionel Faury, Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $22
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  Alcohol 12%.  Slightly spiced flavors of black fruit gain subtle complexity from floral notes.  The wine is supported by just the right amount of ripe tannin and integrated acidity.  A fresh wine yet the ripeness contributes a layer of fat. It comes across as an early drinker but there is hesitation in the expression.  I suggest trying again in the depths of winter.  ***(*) Now – 2024.

Mature, affordable Syrah

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

The 2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Colline Rhodaniennes is a bit of a steal for maturing Rhone Syrah.  It comes across as drinking at its peak which means this gentle wine offers a bit of everything as soon as the cork is pulled.  You might grab a bottle or two so you can shake up your mid-week rotation.  Find it at MacArthur Beverages.

2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Colline Rhodaniennes – $12
Imported by Espirit du Vin. This wine is 100% Syrah aged 12 months in used oak barrels. Alcohol 12.5%. Hints of maturity and wood box with a subtle undertone of fat. Of moderate body, there are firm cherry flavors, a little earthy, and fine tannic structure. At the beginning of a gentle, mature state. **(*) Now – 2020.

A good future for the 2015 Rostaing, Syrah Les Lezardes

The 2015 Domaine Rostaing, Syrah Les Lézardes is produced using fruit from vineyards located on the northern border of the Côte Rôtie appellation.  It is, in some sense, a mini Côte Rôtie at an affordable price.  I have drunk two bottles already, one being more open than the other.  This wine is best left to age for another year but with decanting, the floral aromas and fat coated fruit will bring you back for more.

2015 Domaine Rostaing, Syrah Les Lézardes, VdP Collines Rhodaniennes – $35
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Syrah.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Floral and herbal on the nose.  In the mouth this young wine starts dry and tight with a very fine, yet gentle structure.  With air the wine builds flavors of firm black and red fruit surround by a modest coating of fat. ***(*) 2019 – 2028.

2015 Jamet: Cotes du Rhone blanc and Syrah

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

The pair of 2015 Domaine Jamet wines featured in this post are very different.  Not just in terms of color but nature.  Over the course of three days, the 2015 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc remains very focused on only revealing its primary components which are flinty flavors of lemon and other white fruit.  It is, in short, a wine with good future potential that you should just leave buried in your cellar.  The 2015 Domaine Jamet, Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP is a wine to drink now.  The rounded flavors and infusion of fat enable this to be a wine for drinking now.  However, the generosity of the 2015 vintage does not take away from the Jamet subtlety.   This subtlety of fruit coupled with graphite and fat place this wine unmistakably in the north.  I recommend you drink this delicious wine as soon as you return with a bottle. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Domaine Jamet, Cotes du Rhone Blanc – $30
Imported by Domaine Select. This wine is a blend of 55% Marianne, 30% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 5% Grenache Blanc sourced from vines averaging 10 years of age.  It was vinified in both stainless steel and oak barriques.  Alcohol 13%.  This is a pale straw color.  There is a flinty, fruited started with a hint of wood by the middle.  The wine is almost tart with lemon and white fruit flavors.  With extended air it remains very focused, eventually taking on some fine texture through the aftertaste. ***(*) 2019 – 2029.

2015 Domaine Jamet, Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP – $25
Imported by Domaine Select. This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 12 year old vines fermented in stainless steel then aged for one year in oak barrels. Alcohol 12%.  The fat on the nose makes way to rounded flavors of minerals, graphite, and red fruit. There is also a subtle fat vein that works is way through the wine.  The flavors become finely perfumed as the wine becomes dry towards the finish.  For the near term.  *** 2017-2020.

2015 Domaine Georges Vernay, Syrah De Mirbaudie

The 2015 Domaine Georges Vernay, Syrah De Mirbaudie,Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes is a strong effort by Christine Vernay.  What I like is that it is not overdone for this vintage, instead it is forward, and it retains a clear Northern Rhone personality.  I would drink this over the next several years.

2015 Domaine Georges Vernay, Syrah De Mirbaudie,Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes  – $22
Imported by Simon “N” Cellars.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 20 year old vines located adjacent to Condrieu. Alcohol 12.8%.  This floral, light black fruit flavors are supported by minerals underneath.  There is a controlled vein of fat and some fine tannins with grip.  With air a ripe, orange citrus note comes out in the finish.  *** Now – 2022.

The Bargain Priced 2013 M&S Ogier, La Rosine

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Phil just scored a great deal on the 2013 M&S Ogier, La Rosine, Collines Rhodaniennes.  I opened a bottle two nights ago and Lou did so last night.  We both liked it.  This is clearly a Northern Rhone syrah with floral and meat aromas that are echoed in a savory and fresh manner in the mouth.  The wine drinks well right now but be sure to give it some air or double-decant it.  I found it became more complex over the evening so I suspect it will be even better in a year or two.  Priced at $20 you could make this Northern Rhone wine a daily drinker.  That is usually an unthinkable proposition!  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2013 M&S Ogier, La Rosine, Collines Rhodaniennes – $20
Imported by Robert Kacher Selection.  Alcohol 12.5%.  With air the nose reminds me of violets and meat.  In the mouth this clean, weighty wine first show floral and mineral infused fruit with almost zippy acidity.  With air it starts to open up, revealing fat by the finish.  In the end this wine offers a savory blend of herbs and floral infused flavors, good length, and black pepper notes in the gentle aftertaste.  ***(*) Now – 2022.

A full-bore Viognier 

Xavier Gerard is a young winemaker in the Northern Rhone that has produced wine for roughly one decade.  He has holdings in Condrieu, Cote Rotie, and Saint-Joseph from which he makes five different wines.  I tasted the 2014 Xavier Gerard, Viognier, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes which is essentially declassified Condrieu.   Upon first pour, the wine is and remained very aromatic.  In the mouth are waxy, nutty flavors of tropical white fruit.  My first impression is that this saw some skin-contact but after being open for one week (!) the wine reveals itself as full-bore.  Perhaps a little polarizing, this wine no doubt delivers a substantial amount of aroma and flavor for the price.  Check it out! This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2014 Xavier Gerard, Viognier, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $20
Imported by Neal Rosenthal.  This wine is 100% Viognier fermented primarily in stainless steel vats with a minority in oak casks.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Those nose is very aromatic and attractive.  In the mouth are waxy, nutty, tropical white fruit flavors.  At first the wine tastes a little robust and tannic as if it saw skin contact.  With air it shows complex white floral flavors, supportive acidity, and a tropical punch flavor in the aftertaste.  *** Now – 2021.