2019 Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Bonnette

Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rh么ne
Other Certified Organic, Practising Organic
District IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
ABV 13.5%

This is so much more than just an IGP wine, sourced from old vines and fragrant with ground pepper and wild flowers, raspberries and tangy damson fruit. In the mouth the wine is generously imbued with earthy woodland fruits, spice, dried flowers and aromatic herbs. Pliant yet structured ripe tannins give shape to the wine, whilst a delicious ripe acidity pushed the wine along on the palate. L&S (Mar 2021)

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Stunning. Deep damson-like delight with the smoky sheen of a distant bonfire.Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday (Jan 2022)

Certified organic cuv茅e to drink when young as an aperitif or with a meal. It comes from two old plots of Syrah located in the municipalities of Ampuis and Tupin-Semons. Grape variety: 100% syrah. Age of the vines: 35 and 45 years old Terroir: sandy / clay soils and silt from the Rh么ne

Harvest: 100% Manual Vinification: maceration for 25 days; 20% whole bunch 80% destemmed harvest; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Aging: 22 months 80% in 228 l barrels of 5 or 6 wines; 20% in demi muid 600 l of 8 wines. Keeping: 1 to 6 years to take advantage of its youth.

Intense dark purple colour with garnet and ruby 鈥嬧媟eflections; powerful nose with intense aromas of red fruits and white pepper. Some floral notes of rose and violet; balanced palate with aromas of red fruits, cherries and morello cherries and notes of truffle, violets and spices. Powerful and silky tannins; long persistence on notes of blackberries and cinnamon.

Winemaker's notes (Mar 2021)

(228-litre cask) dark red; the nose shows reduction, dark red fruits, is rather full, savoury, has ripe notes, holds well. There is a good strike on the attack, the fruit streams clearly, the juice travels freely. It takes on crisp tannins. There are touches of iron the close that give lift, ping. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 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, it was a recent write up in Decanter by Matt Walls that drew our attention back to the domaine. He went so far as to list it 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 C么te R么tie. Tasting these in London turned us into wide-eyed children 鈥 the wines are truly magical and surpassed our already elevated expectations. The C么te R么tie and Condrieu are gorgeous 鈥 so sleek and polished, with a nose that you just want to dive into. We were also hugely impressed with the IGP Syrah 鈥 made with 35-45 year old vines, this was a delight.

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