French Fancies ~ A few of our favourite wines!

While you’ve probably sampled more than a few red Châteauneuf-du-Papes and Côtes-du-Rhônes, and probably just as many of their new world GSM counterparts (that is, blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre), you may be less familiar with the
white wine grapes of the Rhône

White wines made in the Rhône itself are usually blends of a number of grape varieties and are a bit of a rare beast, but worth seeking out for their rich-yet-dry unctuousness.
An even rarer beast is a white wine made from just one of these grape varieties. 

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Lobethal Road Adelaide Hills Roussanne
A handful of avant-garde Australian winemakers have recently discovered the charms of the Roussanne grape, and this is the best one we’ve tried. Generous and heady, the Lobethal Road Roussanne from the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia is so full of honeyed nectarines, you’ll think you’ve already made it to August..


Domaine Jones La Perle Rare Grenache Gris
Made with grapes sourced from a single vineyard in the Languedoc region of France, this beauty is full of white currant and honeysuckle notes with a touch of just-baked bread for good measure. The delicious result of the combined forces of a brilliant English winemaker and an equally brilliant plot of French old-vine Grenache Gris!

& now for something completely different…

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A-F Gros Vosne-Romanée Aux Réas 2011
As wine writer Matt Kramer once put it: “in Burgundy, two plus two equals five”. Because for some reason no-one can quite explain, Pinot Noir from anywhere else just isn’t quite the same. And we’ve managed to get our hands on a prime example of why Burgundy is so brilliant – the 2011 Vosne-Romanée aux Réas from Anne-Françoise Gros.

Generally, 2011 Burgundy is drinking beautifully right now, but the aux Réas is something a bit special. Sourced from one particular vineyard, right next to a premier cru site that is also owned by the family, it’s a delightful combination of red fruit, baking spice and sinewy tannins. But don’t just take our word for it – listen to wine supremo Jancis Robinson, who wrote: “If someone said this was a grand cru I’d not be amazed.” Nor would we, Jancis. Nor would we.

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