Category: Rhône Wine

Brothers with altitude

At Domaine Durand in the Ardèche, siblings Eric and Joël Durand produce estimable Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne, but it is their outstanding Viognier, farmed at 450 metres, that has put them on the map. Here Eric shares his views on the ascendance of Cornas Cornas has really come of age because it’s a granite circle […]

What to drink in 2017: Rhône

This week Buyer Simon Field MW takes the baton, with the next instalment of our series on what to drink this year, providing notes on the Rhône vintages to crack open in 2017 After the famous quartet of 1998 to 2001, Schubertian in its scope, there was a tendency to wonder if the Rhône could even […]

The first fifteen

As we see the first handful of 2015s from the Rhône released, and promptly snapped up by customers, our Buyer for the region Simon Field MW reports on the auspicious vintage Being a Northampton boy is conspicuously less evocative than being a Shropshire lad, but at least we have a first-rate rugby union team, known […]

The North star

Eric Texier is a leading light in the Northern Rhône, with his traditional (whisper it: natural) winemaking techniques delivering wines which, he believes, are the equal of anything Burgundy’s Grands Crus can offer. One might think that nuclear physics to natural winemaking isn’t a likely career path, but that is exactly the route that Eric […]