Archives du mot-clé Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2016 millésime exceptionnel !!! quelques réussite déguster par la RVF

un grand millésime demande du temps, malheureusement beaucoup de vins ne sont toujours pas finis et degustable en début d’année  ; fermentation pas terminée et fermentation malolactique languissante, beaucoup de vins n’ont pu être présenter lors de la dégustation. mais celle ci  nous donne  déjà un bel éclairage du millésime .




VIGNOBLES MAYARD CH9 16,5/17 blanc  17/18




DOMAINE MABY TAVEL 13,5/14 LIRAC  rg 14,5   blanc 13,5

CHATEAU DE NAGES costières  13,5  blanc 14



CHATEAU DE VAUDIEU lirac blanc 14


constant duquesnoy  vinsobre 13


RVF16-1 RVF16


A7 APRIL 28-29TH, 2017

Halter Ranch Vineyards & Winery
8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 map
Fri. April 28th & Sat. April 29th, 2017


A7 will host an intimate, educational, invitation-only gathering of Rhône-style producers & growers this year April 28-29th at Halter Ranch in Paso Robles, CA. Official program to be announced soon. Lineup includes:

  • Philippe Cambie the “God of Grenache” according to Robert Parker
  • Puech-Haut (Languedoc)-“Easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc (if not southern France)” (Jeb Dunnuck)
  • Domaine des Bosquets (Gigondas)- Stunning wines from Gigondas. WA gave their 2015 top cuvees- 95-99pts. Family also owns Vaudieu in Chateauneuf du Pape.
  • Font du Loup (Chateauneuf du Pape)- Amazing vertical of Puy Rolland 100% old vine grenache.
  • Lorgeril– 9th generation winemakers spanning 6 family estates. Very well known in France, virtually unknown in USA. Have an estate, “Little Versailles of Languedoc” built for King Louis the 13th.
  • Viticulture Seminar- Michael Larner (Larner Vineyard)

Friday April 28th

10 am – 4:00 pm: Seminars at Halter Ranch | map
7pm: Dinner/ After Party: Terry Hoage- TH Estate Wines | map
* Bring wines to share that inspire you

Saturday, April 29th, 10am- 4pm

10 am – 4:00 pm: Seminars at Halter Ranch | map
7pm Dinner/ After Party at Herman Story | map
* Bring wines to share that inspire you

Please remember that space is extremely limited and each invitee is allotted 3 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The list is invite only for wine producers, viticulturists, and industry professionals. Please do not tell other people about the event. The best way to ensure your space at this event is to purchase tickets early; every year it sells out. 

Thank you for your continued support of A7. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the upcoming event. See you in Paso soon!

Sasha Verhage
(415) 515-7227
Anthony Yount
Jordan Fiorentini

Jancis Robinson 25 Nov 2016 Rhône 2015 – whites north and south



Tardieu-Laurent 2015 Condrieu100% Viognier (45 years old, from parcels in Paton, Chanson and Rocharde and Vernon). New and one-year-old barrels.

Deep straw colour. At the moment this is a bit dumb on the nose. There is good weight on the palate but it doesn’t quite have the tension and conviction of the 2014. It’s a little unfocused at present. 14% 
Drink 2016-2017£295 per case of 12 ib RRP16

Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes 2015 St-Péray50% Marsanne (50-100 years old), 50% Roussanne (over 40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.

Deep straw. Really tangy on the nose – great vivacity and raciness but with a honeysuckle undertow (from the Marsanne presumably) and just a hint of struck match. Utterly satisfying already. Depth and refreshment. I’m not surprised it is already sold out chez Corney & Barrow. Too rich to sip without food though. GV 14% 
Drink 2016-2018£175 per case of 12 ib RRP – SOLD OUT17


Tardieu-Laurent 2015 Hermitage80% Marsanne (over 50 years old), 20% Roussanne (over 40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.

Deep straw colour. Ethereal and deceptively light on the nose but with lots buried underneath. Great weight and intensity with some lemon cough drops and lots of blossom but no heaviness. Apparently quite sweet, but with a most engaging quinine twist. Racy and refined plus massive density. Should make excellent old bones. Real grip and conviction. 14% 
Drink 2020-2030£325 per case of 12 ib RRP18

Chêne Bleu Viognier 2015 IGP VaucluseBottled two weeks ago. Lovely round nose with arresting blossomy varietal character. Quite big and round and it doesn’t have the savour of a great Condrieu but it’s way better than most varietal Viognier.  
Drink 2017-2018


Tardieu-Laurent, Les Becs Fins 2015 Côtes du Rhône35% Grenache Blanc (40 years old), 35% Viognier (20 years), 20% Roussanne (20 years), 10% Clairette (40 years). Six months in cement.

Pale greenish straw. A bright, sweetish cocktail on the nose. Racy and rich on the palate with all sorts of gorse smells. Medium weight and a satisfying mouthful for early drinking.  13.5% 
Drink 2016-2017£120 per case of 12 ib RRP15.5

Tardieu-Laurent, Guy Louis 2015 Côtes du Rhône35% Marsanne (60 years old), 30% Grenache Blanc (70 years old), 20% Roussanne (40 years old), 10% Viognier (40 years old), 5% Clairette (40 years old). Organic. Aged in a mix of barrels.

Deep straw colour. Most appealing edge and drive to the nose of this which has masses of energy on the nose and the weight of the Grenache and Marsanne on the palate. Already open and drinkable.  14% 
Drink 2016-2018£135 per case of 12 ib RRP16

Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape50% Grenache Blanc (60 years old), 35% Roussanne (30 years old), 10% Clairette (40 years old), 5% Bourboulenc (40 years old). New and one-year-old barrels.

Pale straw. Light honey nose. Quite weighty and well balanced but it lacks a real spark for me. Just a bit chewy and grainy on the end and seems a tad heavy. That’s Châteauneuf Blanc! Though there is some potential for further development.  14% 
Drink 2016-2019£275 per case of 12 ib RRP16



Chêne Bleu, Rosé 2015 IGP VauclusePale tomato pink. Straightforward herby scents and very round fruit with real savour. Quite long. 
Drink 2016-2017£60 per case of 12 ib Justerini & Brooks16

Tardieu-Laurent, Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2015 Tavel60% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 5% Syrah. All between 40 and 50 years old. Rounded pebbles and sandy soils in Vallongue. Six months in concrete.

Very pale tomato red but not the strong orange you can find in many a Tavel. Clean, even a tad neutral on the nose. But certainly not hot or heavy. Reasonably energetic but I’m struggling to find any superiority over many other rosés. It’s technically fine but just very slightly sticky and not quite at its peak. 14% 
Drink 2016-2017£135 per case of 12 ib RRP15.5







2015 : The vintages in « 5″ that often bring luck.

- The vintages in « 5″ that often bring luck.
- 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 – are carriers of successes in the Rhone Valley,
-. It must be said that 2015 has Trump argue, with almost optimal climatic conditions for each season! Thus, the winter is rainy, allowing the vines to build good water reserves. the year was the warmest and sunniest throughout our territory since the beginning of meteorological statistics. Sunniest so that 1947 or 1921. Spring is relatively late with 3 weeks late compared to 2014. But the good weather sets in gradually and flowering takes place in excellent conditions: the output of grapes is simply exceptional. Then the summer comes quickly, the months of June, July and August are extremely hot. one can not speak of heat, because the nights are cool. The temperature ranges are very high, which promotes the presence of tannins and color. No disease pressure, the vineyard and the winemaker breathe freely. Everything is in good shape before starting the harvest!img_7266
- The Syrah are exceptional in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but the Grenache and Mourvèdre gave the feeling of being blocked by the heat wave. They were released after the September 22-23, in the final great wines with great elegance, both on the sands on clays, a beautiful millesime that gives pleasure.img_7332

2016 à Châteauneuf du pape, peut t’on parler de millésime du siècle

img_4568L’été a été chaud et sec, nous avons eu très peut de précipitation, mais le climat a été assez favorable des jours très chaud, mais surtout des nuits fraiche.

Un état sanitaire exceptionnel, quelques rare cas d’oïdium tardif et une quatrième génération de vers un peut agressive. A part cela pratiquement pas de tris et une qualité exceptionnelle de la vendange.

Des quantités extraordinaires et record d’anthocyanes et de poly phénol sur syrah, grenache et mourvèdre.

img_4446D’après les anciens le millésime ressemble a 1990 !!! Mythique !

Nous allons avoir des vins rouge riches, colorées tailler pour la grande garde, et des blanc plein de suavité, des roussane et clairettes exceptionnelles.

Pour moi un de mes meilleurs millésimes vinifier ! Avec une bonne réponse de tout type de sols, le grand millésime du grenache !!!

Des vins de grande puissance sur la Crau, des vins avec énormément de finesse et de classe sur les sables, des vins riche et solaire sur les quartiers du sud !!! Rien ne manque.

Une grande homogénéité qualitative de l’appellation, avec un volume de récolte dans l’ensemble assez généreuse.

Un millésime qui devrait plaire à la presse et consommateur Anglos saxon