2019 Damas Pourpre Clos de la Bonnette

Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Practising Organic
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 14%

There are wines that simply grab you by the scruff of the neck and demand your attention and this is one of them. This isn't shouty, no no, this is much more subtle, insinuating and aromatically captivating. Grated ginger, ground pepper, raspberry and damson start the ball rolling on the fine fragrant nose, with undertones of forest floor and delicate spice. In the mouth the wine saturates the palate with beautifully fresh red fruits, ground spice, dark chocolate, herbs, underbrush and sappy damson. The tannic build is fine and gives grip, never heavy and supported by a lithe fresh acidity. You could drink this pretty much immediately, but with a bit of cellaring it's bound to get even better. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 L&S (Mar 2021)

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Cuvée from 2 plots in the 3 rd year of organic conversion and located in the town of Tupin-Semons. 100% Syrah. Age of the vines: 35 years. Terroir: sandy soils on mica schists

Harvest: 100% Manual. Vinification: maceration for 25 days; 20% whole bunch 80% destemmed harvest; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Aging: 15 months 100% in 228 l barrels of 4 or 5 wines.

Dark red color with purple reflections; intense and powerful nose. Spicy aromas of white pepper with hints of raspberry; fine and intense on the palate with aromas of strawberries, blackcurrant and blackberry. Notes of spices. Powerful and silky tannins; long persistence on notes of spices and red fruits.

Winemaker's notes (Mar 2021)

(228-litre cask) dark red, purple tints; fruit density on the nose, raspberry, has a sunswept style across the glass, hints of graphite. The palate flows attractively and widely, holds bright red fruits, is good and consistent throughout, ends with layering and rounded tannins, the oak largely inside. There is blood-iron on the second half. This has promise. “The harvest was very belle,” Isabelle Guiller. Drinking range: 2022 - 2037 Rating: 4/5 stars John Livingstone-Learmonth (Dec 2019)

Clos de la Bonnette

A new (ish) find, having tasted at trade shows and fairs in France, we were then thrilled that Matt Walls went so far as to list the 'Legende Bonnetta' cuvée as his top Condrieu from the 2019 vintage - a strong field with some fairly serious contenders! Husband and wife team Isabelle & Henri are fully certified organic, they had been farming fruit and vegetables in the region since the 1970s but since 2009 have focused solely on the vine. They make some very compelling wines from a tiny 5 hectare estate, split between Condrieu and two sites in Côte Rôtie. Tasting these in London turned us into wide-eyed children – the wines are truly magical and surpassed our already elevated expectations. The Côte Rôtie and Condrieu are gorgeous – so sleek and polished, with a nose that you just want to dive into. We were also hugely impressed with the IGP Syrah – made with 35-45 year old vines, this was a delight.

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