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 is a fun but atypical blend of Grenache, Syrah and Zinfandel. The nose shows a heady mix of violets, pepper and barrel spices, cherry and black fruits, and a dusting of minerals. The palate and acid are moderate with a soft and pretty red berry and light red cherry with a dusting of minerals.
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
Blend: 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
"Grown on clay-limestone and marl, the fruit is hand-picked with no destemming, and is aged in old foudres. The wine is pretty, bright and open, with raspberry, strawberry and violet fruits. It's barely medium-bodied, but has a lovely expression of fresh and easy red berry fruits, accompanied by a juicy berry acidity and gentle blackberry-skin tannins on the finish. An easy-going and highly drinkable Gigondas. Just lovely."- Decanter
A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre
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
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
Chambers and Chambers
Blend: 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 1% Vaccarese and 1% of the other permitted vareties
This domaine is one of the estates owned and run by the three, hardworking Aubert Brothers, which they inherited from their father and named after him. They make very good Cotes de Rhone using a Grenache and Syrah blend. It is perfectly weighted, with ripe dark fruit and peppery spice.
Chambers and Chambers
This cuvee reflects a specific terroir and grape variety, as well as a hundred years of ups and downs - unstinting efforts, wars, etc... as well as years of joy and plenty. The century-old Grenache vines are deeply rooted in this mythical plot like no other, with sandy and red Comtat sandstone soil. Not only rare and unique, the resulting wine is indescribably... pure, as well as ethereal, delicate, elegant, fresh, natural, floral, silky, unctuous and absolute.
"The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure is remarkably balanced, fresh and, yes, pure. The layers of raspberry fruit are blemish-free, so intense and concentrated that in other hands they might come across as jammy, but here, they're fresh and vibrant, backed by a full-bodied palate that's silky and airy in feel while possessing terrific intensity and depth. It should drink well for 15+ years." 97 Points Wine Advocate
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
North Berkeley Imports
These two brothers, whose estate is in the southern end of Côte Rôtie, make a beautiful Condrieu. The 2015 Condrieu les Caillets offers medium-bodied, rounded, supple aromas and flavors of ripe peach, pineapple and tropical fruits. Aged in 10% new barrels and with just over 300 cases produced, it? outstanding and will keep for 3-4 years.
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, Grenachem and Mourvedre
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”