Saint-Joseph Sweet Spot
2020 Gérard Saint-Joseph Le Blanchard
Xavier Gérard has maintained a low profile, but he's among the most talented winemakers in the northern Rhône.
Gilles produces real deal Cornas.
Jamet's signature finesse, with darker fruits and more overt florality.
The heights that Jean-Paul Jamet reaches has few peers in the entire northern Rhône.
If Allemand is Cornas as suave, fine and bright, Clape shows the region's dark side, wonderfully bone-crushing and savory. Clape’s Cornas gets to the beating heart of the appellation’s intensely dark and savory side. The wines are wildly complex and utterly compelling expressions of Cornas.
Allemand's wines are very special. It's hard not to agree with Vinous Media's Josh Raynolds when he writes: "let me state unequivocally that there is no estate in the entire Rhône Valley making finer wines.”
The 2016 northern Rhônes have become an obsession of ours. They're so clear, concentrated, and classically proportioned.
In Côte-Rôtie, Bénetière may very well be without peer in terms of balance, detail, and streamlined mineral elegance.
One of the reasons that we've always loved Bénetière's 2013 Cordeloux is that it consolidates all of these qualities brilliantly.
Deplaude de Tartaras is technically from Coteaux-Du-Gier. More accurately, this is the middle of nowhere between the northern Rhône and southern Beaujolais.
The wines are truly noteworthy for their purity and drinkability.
The amount of gracefulness that Gonon is able to coax from the hills of Saint-Joseph is extraordinary. It's no wonder that the wines have gone cult.
I'll keep this short. Allemand's reputation is too big, and the quantities are too small to drag this out. Allemand's wines are very special. It's hard not to agree with Vinous Media's Josh Raynolds when he writes: "let me state unequivocally that there is no estate in the entire Rhône Valley making finer wines."
It's taken the world some time to catch up with Jean-Claude Marsanne. That's how I began our email on this wine almost two and a half years ago. The first time that I tasted Marsanne, I was stunned and wondered how he managed to keep such a low-profile.
Jamet's Côte-Rôties are long-standing benchmarks of the northern Rhône. The heights that Jamet's Côte-Rôties reach have few peers in the entire northern Rhône.
Tasting through Chave's 2017s has left me astonished by the wines. They are easily some of the best wines produced in the vintage.
It's early in the game, but it's very likely that Chave produced the greatest northern Rhône wine in 2017. Of course, this isn't a surprise. The Chave family is Rhône royalty.
The heights that Jamet's Côte-Rôties reach have few peers in the entire northern Rhône. Jamet hits a level of gracefulness and agility that is reminiscent of Burgundy. This is Côte-Rôtie in full glory, flaunting a poised and detailed expression of minerals, herbs, spice, savory elements, and florality. The aromatics simply soar.
Levet's Chavaroche is one of the most unyieldingly traditional and fascinating wines currently being made in the northern Rhône. Neal Rosenthal, Levet's importer, aptly sums up the wines: "If you want the truest of Côte-Rôties...if you admire both the intellectual and the savage, then this is a must-buy wine."
For the ultimate combination of prestige and value, we turn to Chave’s Hermitage Farconnet. Chave’s regular Hermitage bottling is one of the greatest wines from the northern Rhone and currently sells for hundreds of dollars per bottle. The Hermitage Farconnet, which is part of Chave’s negociant label, maintains every bit of Chave’s exacting standards but costs just a fraction of the price.