Had a nice dinner last night with three lovely Rhône wines. I just love the Rhône. It’s inconsistent but can be so lovely.
Domaine St Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2010 Southern Rhône, France
Broad with nuts and spice and fine stone fruits. Lovely texture and mouthfeel with some spiciness under the pear and peach fruit. Stylish and quite beautiful. 93/100
Les Viennes de Vienne Sotanum 2004 Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhône, France
This is an intriguing wine that just gained freshness and complexity throughout the evening. It’s warm, spicy and quite rich with spice and iodine notes, as well as tar and herbs, and lovely supple raspberry and black cherry fruit. There’s freshness here and after a couple of hours it sheds a slight rusticity to reveal supple, elegant fruit. 93/100
Stéphane Robert Domaine du Tunnel Cornas 2004 Northern Rhône, France
Silky smooth, ripe and elegant with smooth, pure black cherry and plum fruit. It’s like a new world Pinot Noir, with lovely subtle peppery notes and a fine, fresh character. Quite thrilling and seamless. 95/100
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