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France’s Rhone Valley has two climates. The Northern Rhone’s steeper river-side slopes are up near chilly Burgundy. Here Syrah is the lone red grape and ripens slowly into its supreme expression in classics like Hermitage: intense but lighter-bodied, spicy and ethereal. Flowing south the landscape flattens out, opening to the baking Mediterranean. Down here Syrah revealed fuller, meatier aspects but ended up playing second fiddle (with Mourvèdre et al) to the even more sun-loving grape, Grenache. The softness and body of Grenache fills and sweetens most Southern Rhone blends, from basic Cotes du Rhone (mostly Southern) to village classics like Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Rosés like Tavel. Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne remain at home in the North but can mix with grapes like Grenache Blanc and Clairette in the Southern Rhone's blanc wines.  

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  1. 2016 La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf 'Secrets Pignan'

    2016 La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf 'Secrets Pignan'

    97 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    An extraordinary Chateauneuf that is described as "pure silk and sensuality". Made from 100% Grenache grown on complex soils of sand and clay located in Pignan, this extraordinary label is a top ...
    $84.99 in mixed 6+ or $94.99 per bottle
  2. 2017 La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf

    2017 La Bastide Saint Dominique Chateauneuf

    17 Points Jancis Robinson MW
    A voluptuous Chateauneuf that delivers "both power and nuance". This is one of the gems of the Rhone -- a Chateauneuf producer with superb sources and expertise who offers a style thats of full ...
    $53.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Rasteau

    2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Rasteau

    John’s Picks
    93 Points James Suckling
    Lush and polished, this Rasteau is delicious right out of the box. Leading the blend is fruit from Grencahe vines 80 years old, wrapping a generous texture around darker fruit and chocolatey ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  4. 2017 Tardieu Laurent St Peray Blanc

    2017 Tardieu Laurent St Peray Blanc

    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    From vines up to 100 years old, this gorgeous Northern Rhone white shows why this genre should get more attention. Tardieu always find the best grower-producers, and they've uncovered a gem ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  5. 2017 Tardieu Laurent Condrieu

    2017 Tardieu Laurent Condrieu

    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A beautifully ripe and elegant Vionier, this superb offering from Tardieu showcases the inimitable greatness of Rhone whites. With not too much sweetness but a gentle richness and some new oak, ...
    $74.99 in mixed 6+ or $83.99 per bottle
  6. 2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Almost literally a monster of a wine, this new label from Xavier Vins is deep and dark and named after the devil. A rare thing from the Rhone, this is 100% Mourvedre from a wonderfully hot year ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  7. 2016 Domaine Soumade Cotes du Rhone

    2016 Domaine Soumade Cotes du Rhone

    91 Points John Caro
    Amazing Cotes du Rhone that puts many expensive village wines to shame -- and 2016 was another great year! Absolutely brimming with vibrant dark and red fruits, it'd be tempting to mis-use the ...
    $22.99 in mixed 6+ or $25.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Vacqueyras

    2016 Tardieu Laurent Old Vine Vacqueyras

    93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A superb red from one of the best villages in the Rhone. Made from vines over 60 years old that are organically farmed, this is seriously deep and plush Vacqueyras from an absolutely wonderful ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  9. 2016 Tardieu Laurent  Crozes Hermitage Old Vine

    2016 Tardieu Laurent Crozes Hermitage Old Vine

    93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A classic Syrah from old vines in the Northern Rhone. These 60 year old vines grow near Hermitage, the celebrated home of Syrah. The delicious result is a glimpse at this greatness -- a ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Tardieu Laurent Saint Joseph Old Vine

    2016 Tardieu Laurent Saint Joseph Old Vine

    91 Points Wine Spectator
    A serious Saint Joseph from granite soils, in a Northern Rhone sub-region much beloved by Tardieu. Their old vine St Jospeh is intense but precise, with powerful black and blue fruit, florals ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $61.99 per bottle

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