Benchmark Rhone Valley 4 Pack
SENSUAL, DEEP REDS & FRESH, RICH WHITES
- BERNARD GRIPA - SAINT-JOSEPH WHITE 2016 - $72
Domaine Gripa is producing as much white wine as it is red. This is unusual in a region where white wine production is scarce; in Saint Joseph, white production represents a mere 9% of the appellation’s total. The vineyards are planted on granite soil specific to Saint Joseph. It develops nice flavours of flower and fresh stone fruits on the nose. The taste is delicate and dense, with low acidity and a complex mouthfeel. It would pair well with fish, white meat cooked with butter, or a cream sauce. This wine is better drunk in its youth, with a cellaring potential of four to five years. 70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne.
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - COTE DU RHONE WHITE 2016 - $58
Jean-Luc Jamet is an iconic producer of the North Rhône Valley, home to the best Syrah the world has to offer. The Couzou cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune. The colour is shiny yellow. it has a nicely open nose with pear and apricot with a thread of infused tea, clarity, dried fruits. There is comfortable gras on the attack, with swift grip, a tightening after the squeezy first delivery. White fruits, saline moments appear towards the finish, as well as a touch of honey. This has good character. The Viognier leaves a good plumpness and texture. It has structure, nice length. 60% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier (early-mid 1980s) from 1 hectare on quite deep soils on Bonnivières & Champron in Côte-Rôtie. It can be paired with prawns, roast chicken, grilled barramundi. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2024+.
- JEAN-LUC JAMET - COTE DU RHONE ROUGE 2018 - $69
Jean-Luc Jamet is an iconic producer of the North Rhône Valley, home to the best Syrah the world has to offer. The "Enclave" cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune. The colour is deep red and purple. The nose is very present, floating aromas of violets, soaked black cherries, flint, smoke and a lovely savouriness all throughout. The palate is tender though driven and structure with plenty of voluptuous fruits. The final is clean and refreshing. It can be paired with charcuterie, pork roast or simply with the barbecue. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2028+. 100% Syrah.
- BERNARD GRIPA - SAINT-JOSEPH RED 2017 - $79
Domaine Bernard Gripa is producing astonishing Syrah (Shiraz) in the Saint Joseph appellation. This wine is from older vineyards that range from 30 to 45 years old. The vineyards are planted on terraces of granite soil specific to this appellation. Saint Joseph is showing a great nose of blackberries, black pepper and a dense full-bodied taste. A lovely freshness and saltiness on the palate makes it unique. It would be ideally paired with lamb roast, beef stew or spicy dishes. You can cellar it for a good ten years or enjoy it in its youth by decanting it at least 45 minutes before serving. 100% Syrah (Shiraz).