Domaine Mordorée

Having featured in his own French TV programme Christophe Delorme is well and truly a superstar winemaker. But it was not for his rugged good looks or charming family that he was chosen, though he has both. Christophe is also one of the very best vignerons in the country (and the world according to a rather influential Baltimore-based writer) and makes beautifully supple and complex wines from Lirac and Châteauneuf du Pape. Beware, limited quantities and waiting lists lie ahead.
As ever we don't get much of the Châteauneuf du Pape Reine des Bois and it helps to buy other wines to get an allocation. The red wines are very successful in 2017. The Lirac La Dame Rousse is a great value, it has a lovely core of ripe berry fruit with spice and ripe tannins. Both the Reine des Bois wines are really super, full and rich with gobs of sweet fruit and spice, the Lirac will be delicious in a few years, the Châteauneuf du Pape needs more time but will be sensational. Likewise the super value Châteauneuf du Pape 'La Dame Voyageuse' a touch closed at present, savoury and meaty with great potential.

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Domaine Roger Sabon

“Jean-Jacques and his family continue to produce reference point wines at all different levels as thus is one of the top estate in Chateauneuf du Pape.” Robert Parker

All their cuvees are very impressive from ‘Le Secret’ made in tiny quantities, 2000 bottles, from vineyards of over 100 years old to the cuvee ‘Les Olivets’, which must be one of the best value wines produced in the appellation.
The Chateauneuf's were all extremely impressive, the Olivets has a lovely balance, and the Reserve really fine, big and powerful yet with good acidity. The Prestige is juicy and dense, red and black fruits, almost a bitter-sweet character with meat and spice, powerful yet already it's beautifully balanced. These will age very well.
Secret de Sabon is likely to be a max of 3 bottles per customer, and ideally to be ordered with other wines.

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Domaine Vincent Paris

A now established superstar of Cornas, Vincent Paris manages his roughly 20-acre estate to produce three Cornas; the Granit 30, which comes from younger vines located lower on the slope, in the lieu-dit Mazards; the Granite 60, which includes the older vines of the estate (and comes from steeper, higher elevation slopes); and the La Geynale, which comes from a single plot of 100-year-old vines located mostly in the Renard lieu-dit (it is also the only wine to not see any destemming). With regards to the Granit 30 and Granit 60, the number refers to the slope of the hill where the vines are planted, not the age of the vines.
The 2017's are the third of a run of very succesful vintages.Despite the amazing press Paris has had, and the great quality, prices remain very fair. These may not age as long as the 2015 and 2016's but should not be overlooked either.

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Fondrèche is a textbook case of how a talented vigneron in a not so fashionable appellation can produce quality-to-price ratio miracles. Sébastien Vincenti has been making fabulous wines in the Ventoux for years and has a passionate following amongst Noel Young Wines. Syrah-dominated, his red blends display a remarkable complexity and drinkability. He continues to set a very high benchmark for everyone in Ventoux to follow. I think the 2017's are an excellent follow up, to maybe their best vintage to date in 2016.

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Francois Villard

François’ operation is a great example of the modern Rhône; a relative newcomer (he started in the wine game just over fifteen years ago) there has been extensive investment in his winery and cuverie, and selection of the parcels of grapes is bordering on the profligate. The resulting wines are then treated to the best wood money can buy; be it new or older. A more expressive, passionate and driven vigneron you will not come across.

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Pierre Gaillard

Having cut his teeth by working for Guigal in the 80s (Pierre had the equally arduous and loving task of tending the La Turque vineyard) and actually owning more red vines than white, you’d expect Pierre Gaillard to have made his reputation on Côte Rôties and Saint Josephs. Not so; the name Gaillard is interchangeable with Condrieu wines of the very best quality. As well as the Northern Rhône, the ever busy vigneron has projects in Banyuls and Faugères.

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