Yann Chave’s Crozes-Hermitage Le Rouvre 2014 is born under a lucky star. Or rather, on an excellent terroir with 50-year-old Syrah vines. Made by one of the best winemakers in the region, Le Rouvre 2014 expresses Crozes-Hermitage so well that it becomes its ambassador.
A wine once enjoyed by Queen Victoria slipped under the wine radar until 20 years ago. Now one can easily say that Saint-Péray is bubbling and buzzing again.
A white Hermitage wine from the Northern Rhône can develop in the cellar for over two decades. In all stages of maturity it pairs gloriously well with food.
The grape Viognier comes into its own in Condrieu. Condrieu is a tiny, white wine area in the North Rhône Valley, south of Lyon. Viognier thrives in a type of soil called “arzelle” to produce a wine in a category of its own.