New Rhône Producers

We are constantly looking for new talent to add to our list and this year Gaylord Machon in Crozes Hermitage and the Bonnefond brothers
in Côte Rôtie and Condrieu have caught our eye.


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Domaine Gaylord Machon

Domaine Gaylord Machon is in Beaumont-Monteux, in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, on 'les châssis' a name which derives from the numerous large stones found in this area, which make for a particularly free-draining soil. 5% of the domaine is Marsanne and Roussanne, from which a tiny amount of white is made, the rest being all Syrah for the two cuvées of red.

All the work in the vines is manual, including the harvest. Gaylord took over 5 hectares of family vines in 2002, the produce of which he took to the co-op, like his forbears, until 2008, when he began to sell the grapes of what was then an enlarged 8.5 hectares to Paul Jaboulet Ainé. In 2011 he made his first wine. He is a qualified winemaker, and had trained with Luc Tardy and Laurent Combier, among others.

Gaylord built his own vinification cellar in 2014, and today vinifies about half his red production and all the white.

2016 CROZES HERMITAGE Cuvée Ghany Domaine Gaylord Machon

2016 CROZES HERMITAGE Cuvée Ghany Domaine Gaylord Machon

Great aromatics from the start on the Cuvee Ghany, cracked black pepper, dark cherry and plum fruit. The palate is richly textured with fleshy plum fruit, some lovely cooked meat notes, undergrowthGreat aromatics from the start on the Cuvee Ghany, cracked black pepper, dark cherry and plum fruit. The palate is richly textured with fleshy plum fruit, some lovely cooked meat notes, undergrowth and black pepper spice on the finish. Ready to drink from the off, but with plenty to keep it going for a good few years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026L&S(Mar 2019)

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2016 CROZES HERMITAGE Cuvée Lhony Domaine Gaylord Machon

2016 CROZES HERMITAGE Cuvée Lhony Domaine Gaylord Machon

The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Lhony spent 18 months in new and once-used demi-muids. It offers a ripe, rounded, ready-to-go style as well as plenty of spiced red and black fruits, earth, and pepperyThe 2016 Crozes Hermitage Lhony spent 18 months in new and once-used demi-muids. It offers a ripe, rounded, ready-to-go style as well as plenty of spiced red and black fruits, earth, and peppery aromas and flavors. With medium to full body, a layered texture, and building tannins that might just outlive the fruit, drink it over the coming 4-6 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 88-88 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Dec 2018)

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Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

Christophe and Patrick took over this family domaine in 1990. It extends to ten hectares, with small amounts of IGP 'Collines Rhodaniennes' Viognier (0.5 hectare) and Syrah (1 hectare) as well as the Condrieu and the three cuvées of Côte-Rôtie.

The Condrieu (1 hectare) comes from the granite soils of the Côte Chatillon. It is fermented in 440l barrels (with 30% new wood) at 18C and aged on the lees for ten months.

The 'Colline de Couzou' Côte-Rôtie comes from several plots in the north and south of the appellation, on schist and granite, about six hectares in total. All the reds are fermented in stainless steel with around 20% whole bunches. The Couzou is then aged in 400l barrels for eighteen months, with 20% new wood. Production hovers just above 2000 cases a year.

The Côte Rozier (0.5 hectare) is in the north of the appellation, on schist and mica-schist. The vinification is the same, but the percentage of new wood for this and the Rochains goes up to 30% and the élevage in barrel is extended to 20 months. Only about 160 cases a year. The Rochains (1 hectare), a slightly bigger cuvée at 300 cases a year, is also in the north of the appellation, the other side of La Landonne, on a soil of schist with lots of iron oxide. These are the oldest vines of the domaine.

2018 CONDRIEU Côte Chatillon Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

2018 CONDRIEU Côte Chatillon Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

9 months in 400l barrels (30% new). A great balance with all the exotic perfumed and spiced fruit you could wish for, but not slipping into over ripeness. This neatly divides the lively greener style9 months in 400l barrels (30% new). A great balance with all the exotic perfumed and spiced fruit you could wish for, but not slipping into over ripeness. This neatly divides the lively greener style and the rich heady style, there is a lot of apricot stone fruit, perfumed and fleshy with some nice Asian spice going on, but the oak and acidity are perfectly harmonised, giving the perfect Condrieu for quite short term drinking. 3-5 years would be the window. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Colline de Couzou Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Colline de Couzou Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

A three week fermentation in stainless steel, with 20% whole bunches, before élevage for eighteen months in 400 litre barrels (10% new wood). Rich and vibrant black fruits on the nose, olive andA three week fermentation in stainless steel, with 20% whole bunches, before élevage for eighteen months in 400 litre barrels (10% new wood). Rich and vibrant black fruits on the nose, olive and mineral, fine and supple in the mouth with a touch of pepper and lots of black cherry and violets, very long and full, lots to like. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Les Rochains Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Les Rochains Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

From a small plot next to La Landonne, on schist and iron-oxide-rich soil. The vinification is the same as for the 'Rozier', aged for 20 months with 30% new wood. Very ripe and dense but with realFrom a small plot next to La Landonne, on schist and iron-oxide-rich soil. The vinification is the same as for the 'Rozier', aged for 20 months with 30% new wood. Very ripe and dense but with real poise, saturated black fruits, mineral, smoke. Very pure and elegant as well as quite powerfully rich - still a lovely style. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032L&S(Jan 2019)

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2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Côte Rozier Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

2017 CÔTE RÔTIE Côte Rozier Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

More expressive than the Couzou with the mineral core being a little more juicy, blackcurrant, violets, rose petal and elegant tight tannins all give the impression of a serious wine, although it isMore expressive than the Couzou with the mineral core being a little more juicy, blackcurrant, violets, rose petal and elegant tight tannins all give the impression of a serious wine, although it is muscular it is still very elegant and pure with that classic Northern Rhône trademark violet-laced fruit Drinking range: 2022 - 2029L&S(Feb 2019)

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