With a history dating back to the tenth century, the current domaine consists of 200 hectares that encircle a fortress constructed in the 12th century. It has been in the ownership of the Comte de Lamy’s family for nine generations, but there is nothing remotely antique about the methods they now employ. The 145 hectares planted to vine lie equally in Corbiere’s appellation and the surrounding IGP’s. The multiplicity of terroirs in this expansive terrain enables them to grow no fewer than 17 different varieties, including some interlopers. We, of course, have chosen to select an introductory range derived exclusively from autochthonous varieties. You will be impressed.
- Our Clubs
Pretty deep colour. The nose offers a beautiful aromatic complexity, marked by Grenache and a hint of blackcurrant brought by the ripe Syrah. On the palate, it shows complexity with tannins still present, but with finesse and elegance, and a beautiful freshness.
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Selected from our ripest vineyards located on chalky soils, this full flavored Viognier expresses the true varietal characteristics: intense and charming white pear and apricot aromas combined with a delicate and perfumed palate.
Domaine Juliette Avril Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. However, that blend can vary. The terroir is galets, sand and clay soils. The vines are planted in various parts of the appellation as you can see, as these grapes are planted in the le Bas Serres, Coste Froide, Coteau de l’Ange, Farguerol and les Galimardes lieux-dits.
On average the vines are 50 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in used oak tanks. The wine is aged in used tanks foudres for less than 12 months before bottling. The production is on average close to 850 cases per year.
This combines mineral notes of ink and hearth, combined with cocoa beans, Sichuan pepper and a hint of menthol. Rich with a freshness to the finish, this is a perfect illustration of schist terroir.
A blend of organic Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre
Youngs Market Company
An incredibly fragrant nose full of sweet apricot and gingery spice. The palate is luscious and generous, but has great acid which tightens the wine, adding freshness and a clean crisp finish. Slight pithy feel which builds on the spice notes.
"Density and freshness to the layered and delicious white that shows cream, lemon-curd, cooked-pear and sliced-apple character. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish."-93 points James Suckling
Syrah requires a warm climate to fully ripen but enough moderating effect to produce intense, aromatic wines that are not overwhelmed by sweetness and alcohol. This Syrah grows in ideal terroirs of the southern Rhône and shows the varietal’s typical spicy notes of sandalwood, violets, and black pepper.
Saint Cosme Côtes-du-Rhône is produced from 100% Syrah and is from the the stony Villafranchian terraces of the Gard. The vineyards are known for their limestone sand, red clay, and pebbles, which give a freshness and intensity to the Syrah grapes. The wine is partially destemmed, fermented with natural yeasts, and vinified in concrete vats.
Chambers and Chambers
Blend: 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarese and 1% of the other permitted vareties
Chambers and Chambers
Opaque ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black and blue fruit, olive and allspice aromas are energized by a suave floral overtone. Fleshy, juicy and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black currant, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up with aeration. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp delineation, steadily building tannins and excellent persistence. - 94 Points, Josh Reynolds100% Syrah Fruit for this wine is a barrel selection of Graillot's best Crozes-Hermitage lots each vintage. 'La Guiraude' is chosen after Alain has tasted every barrel. This stem-fermented wine is a powerfully structured, yet elegant wine that will age well. The special cuvée is not terroir specific and is only produced during exceptional vintages.
Pairs with charcuterie, cheeses and classic meat stew effortlessly.
Blend: 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre
Grape(s): 45% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne, 25% Viognier
Vineyard: Bonofiglio is a seven acre plot planted on the east bank of the Russian River in the town of Hopland, lending its name to the soils known as Russian River loam.
This is grower Glenn McGourtey's passion project with his family. By day he's the UC Cooperative Extension Plant Science Advisor for Mendocino County, which makes Glenn a wealth of knowledge. The vineyard is planted to Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. His knowledge, humility, good nature and respect for the land shine through in the wine. This vineyard is CCOF certified Organic, and Glenn is striving to become Demeter-certified Biodynamic.
*photo is from previous vintage
The wine shows intense blackberry and fig fruit with licorice, violets, and charcoal on the finish. It is remarkably fresh and finessed given the sun and warmth of the southern Rhône. The unique micro-climate combined with 60-year-old vines and traditional winemaking make Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas the benchmark wine of the appellation.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah, 1% Cinsault
"Leading off the Gigondas, the base 2020 Gigondas has lots of black raspberry, ground pepper, and violets notes as well as a round, supple, silky style on the palate. It should be approachable on release, yet it has plenty of mid-palate depth as well as tannins, and I have no doubt it will evolve for 20 years if properly stored." 93 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
North Berkeley Wines
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented full cluster on indigenous yeasts in tank; gently crushed by foot. Aged for approx. one year in older French oak barrels (barrels generally older than six-seven years). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of black cherries, boysenberries, light licorice, earth. Mouthfilling, suave yet grippy tannins; long finish.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled pork sausages; game meat in red wine sauce; roast lamb
"The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes is based on 45% each of Grenache and Mourvèdre, with the balance Syrah, all destemmed and raised in 55% new French oak. Gorgeous cassis, violet, graphite, fruitcake, and peppery herbs define this brilliant effort, and it's full-bodied, with a pure, seamless texture, wonderful tannins, and one heck of a great finish. This magical 2019 is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age (it's brilliant even today) yet keep for 20 years or more. Châteauneuf du Pape lovers need to have this in their cellar!" 99 Points Jeb Dunnuck
"Drenched with the heat and sun of the 2019 vintage, this massively ripe, strapping wine is packed with flavors of roasted plum and blackcherry compote. Accented by whispers of camphor, sweet tobacco and cinnamon, the concentrated, hulking sip is ringed by fiery tannins. The wine needs time. Approach from 2024 and it should improve well through 2035. " 98 Wine Enthusiast
Southern Wine and Spirits
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Initially spending 18 years in a combination of 1st fill Bourbon, rechar and refill casks, the whisky has undergone a finishing period of around 4-5 months in Côte Rôtie wine casks, a powerful and elegant red wine from the Rhône Valley.
Malt Master, Stephanie MacLeod, chose the Côte Rôtie casks as they bestow expressive and seductive qualities, silky textures and fruits with luscious, red berry characteristics
Stephanie comments, “This sumptuous dram is bursting with intense, rich fruity red berry notes of raspberry, lingonberry and red currents smothered in honey. Deeply evocative of an Eton Mess pudding. A zing of candied citrus peel brings balance before mellowing to a smooth vanilla and butterscotch sweetness”