The Northern Rhone

2015 Vernay Cote Rotie Blonde du Seigneur

The Northern half of the Rhone river valley, stretching from just south of Lyon down to St Peray south of Hermitage, is the home of Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The relatively cooler continental climate coupled with the steep stony slopes of its noblest appellations offer a complexity and savoriness that is not found in any other Syrah based growing area in the world. Its white wines also offer unrivaled quality and singular character. Its most celebrated appellations: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, St Joseph, Condrieu, and Cornas.

Price: $89.00

The entry level for their Côte Rôtie wines, this is a cuvée that has become stunningly elegant and complete in recent years (like all of the reds here)....It is culled from three vineyard lieu dits in the southern sector of the appellation: the Coteau de Sémon, Lancement, and from young vines in their Grand cru Maison rouge. Based on the stunning quality of the '15 reds that i've tasted in the St Joseph and Côtes du Rhone '15s, this one should be a knockout as well...I only wish that I got more!!!

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The entry level for their Côte Rôtie wines, this is a cuvée that has become stunningly elegant and complete in recent years (like all of the reds here)….It is culled from three vineyard lieu dits in the southern sector of the appellation: the Coteau de Sémon, Lancement, and from young vines in their Grand cru Maison rouge. Based on the stunning quality of the ’15 reds that i’ve tasted in the St Joseph and Côtes du Rhone ’15s, this one should be a knockout as well…I only wish that I got more!!!