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

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

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

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No-one knows more about the steep schistous slopes of the ancient reconstituted vineyards to the north of Vienne than Pierre-Jean….and it shows here. This is marvellously aromatic and exceptionally pure, with concentrated black fruit at its core and robust linear tannins lending eloquent structural support.
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer

Pierre-Jean, the former régisseur at Vins De Vienne, set up on his own four or five years ago, purchasing extremely classy and often long-established vineyards in the areas he knows best, that is to say in Seyssuel and St Joseph. The quality of his first full vintage in 2009 was as impressive as the volumes were small; in 2010 the both volumes and quality are on the up, the latter by more than the former…

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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.

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VdP des Comtes Rhodaniens

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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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.

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