This week’s mixed Northern Rhône 6-pack should get Syrah lovers all weak at the knees. For the same price as a single bottle of famous Northern Rhône, we offer 6 delicious Syrahs from 5 of the greatest producers. While they may not have the depth and longevity of a Cornas of Côte-Rôtie, they offer ample character, earlier drinkability and wonderful charm.
Domaine Jamet’s Côtes du Rhône is Wine Cellar’s favourite wine, full stop. Produced from younger vines bordering Côte-Rôtie, it is classically styled and hauntingly perfumed. We just wish there was more available.
Alain Graillot and André Perret are two humble, yet prominent characters in Northern Rhône. Their wines are similarly traditional and are true reflections of their respective appellations. Auguste Clape’s Le Vin des Amis is produced from a 40-year-old vineyard below the slopes of Cornas. It is dense with dark olive and dried herbs, distinctly Clape in style.
Lastly, and perhaps representing the best value, is Yves Cuilleron’s Les Vignes d’à Côté Syrah from vineyards in Chavanay, around Condrieu. Sappy red fruits flirt with peppery complexity.
Receive free delivery on the mixed pack below, or view the full list of our new Rhône wines, including greats such as Les Chaillets, Les Vires, Les Terres Sombres, L’Amarybelle, Les Serines, La Guiraude, Chery and Les Grisières.
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André Perret, St Joseph 2014
Still in barrel, the 2014 St Joseph is a spicy, elegant and floral St Joseph that offers medium-bodied richness, a light, easy going texture and an overriding quaffable feel. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years. The tiny estate of André Perret continues to be one of my go-to estates for incredible Condrieu. While the Clos Chanson and Côteau du Chéry are made in tiny quantities, don’t miss his classic Condrieu – it’s much easier to find in the market place and is a terrific bottle of wine. – The Wine Advocate
Domaine Jamet, Côtes du Rhône 2014
Bottled early November so it may still take on a bit of flesh. Very charming nose – obviously Syrah and chock full of northern Rhône fruit. Lovely nose, notable acidity on the palate but not tart. To be drunk young! Tannins very light. – Jancis Robinson 16/20
Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage 2014
This is an old-school version that plays to the austere side of the spectrum, offering a juicy core of plum and bitter cherry fruit flavors laced with sage, tobacco and bay leaf notes, which emerge steadily through the chalky finish. Drink now through 2021. 6,600 cases made. – Wine Spectator 90/100
Clape, Le Vin des Amis 2014
While the Côtes du Rhône is slightly more structured and serious, the Vin de France 2014 Le Vin des Amis offers incredible upfront charm and gulp-ability. Black olive, smoked meats, plum and assorted dark fruits flow nicely to a plump, rich, rounded, and sexy 2014 that has solid concentration and a great finish. It’s a knockout VDF to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years. – Wine Advocate 89/100
Yves Cuilleron, Les Vignes d’a Côté Syrah 2014
An expressive nose of fresh red fruit aromas. Soft and fruity on the palate with an acidulous finish. Best drunk young, or cellared for up to 3-4 years.