Fine Wine Course 4: Rhone North & South
The Rhône Valley vineyards run for around 180 kilometres / 112 miles from Vienne (just south of Lyon) at the northerly extreme to Avignon in the south. The river itself is the only unifying element, for the Nothern Rhône (a relatively narrow strip from Vienne to Valance) and Southern Rhône (an extensive, sprawling area south of Montélimar) are best thought of as two areas, producing very different styles of red wine. And this is a basic difference that we will explore. After two fine whites, the rare Ch. Grillet and a luscious Muscat, we will taste the two Grenache based wines from the Southern Rhône at very different quality levels, with the 2001 Pegau being a silkily seductive mature Châteauneuf du Pape. The four Northern Rhônes, pure Syrah, range from a very good Crozes to Jean Louis Chave's beautifully refined and fragrant fifteen year old Hermitage.
There will be a basic Facts and Figures sheet for the Rhône.
2009 Beaucastel Blanc; Châteauneuf du Pape
2008 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise (Bernadins)
2010 Coudoulet de Beaucastel; Côtes du Rhône
2001 Dom. du Pegau Reserve; Châteauneuf du Pape
2010 Crozes-Hermitage (Alain Graillot)
2009 St Joseph Tildé (Pierre Jean Villa)
2005 Cornas La Sabarotte (Dom. Courbis)
1998 Hermitage (Jean Louis Chave)
8 Wines, plus Canapés ...... £98