Red, Ready, but will improve

2010 Seyssuel VDP Collines Rhodaniens L'Esprit d'Antan, Domaine Villa

2010 Seyssuel VDP Collines Rhodaniens L'Esprit d'Antan, Domaine Villa

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Pierre-Jean Villa | Code:  11330 | 2010 | France > Vin de Pays > VdP des Comtes Rhodaniens | Syrah/Shiraz | Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Domaine Pierre-Jean Villa

Domaine Pierre-Jean Villa

Pierre Jean Villa is a talented Rhone winemaker, producing terroir-driven, balanced wines with ample fruit and delightful complexity. 

Aside the work at his boutique winery, Pierre Jean Villa has been one of the founding members of the negociant house Les Vins de Vienne since 2003. Villa, together with Francois Villard, Yves Cuilleron, and Pierre Gaillard regenerated a number of very old vineyards in Northern Rhone to produce a range of excellent wines.

The Grape

Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

The Region

VdP des Comtes Rhodaniens

Vin de Pays des Comtés Rhodaniens is a Vin de Pays French wine appellation that encompasses vineyard area in the Rhône-Alpes region and wines from mainly Viognier, Syrah and Grenache grapes but also from Pinot Noir and Gamay as the appellations spans further to include portions of Beaujolais, Savoie and Jura

Within the broad regional Vin de Pays appellation of Comtés Rhodaniens there are further wine classifications for specified areas including :  

  • Vin de Pays du Comté de Grignan
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Baronnies
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Montélimar
  • Vin de Pays des Gaules

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