Nice to try a couple of interesting organic wines from the Rhône. It’s one of France’s leading regions for organics, with over 3000 certified organic vineyards. Remarkably, in the Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations over 60% of the vineyard surface is organically farmed.
Domaine Alain Voge Harmonie Saint-Péray 2015 Northern Rhône, France
13.5% alcohol. Organically grown Marsanne from 30 year old vines. Lovely textured pear and peach fruit with some fine citrus notes and a bit of warm spiciness on the finish. This is a rich wine, with a smooth mouthfeel, but it also has a nice fine graininess that keeps things fresh. It finishes with green tea and lemon notes. Lovely harmony here. 92/100
Domaine Roche Audran (Vincent Rochette) Cuvée Nature Syrah 2015 Côtes du Rhône, France
14% alcohol. This is biodynamic (Demeter certified) Syrah with no added sulfites, and in 2015 it’s a varietal Syrah (the varietal mix changes each year). It’s ripe and sleek with liqueur-like black cherry and blackberry fruit, together with some pepper notes. There’s some lushness, but also freshness and brightness. It has a brisk, savoury twist here that is very attractive, and some dry, grippy notes on the finish. Nicely balancedand thoroughly drinkable. 92/100 (£13.50 L’Art du Vin)
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