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Rhône Wines

Domaine Combe Julière, Rasteau

Winemaker: Laurent Robert
Laurent Robert is a young winemaker who has taken over from his father and is improving his domaine. He has a real focus on quality and is proud of his 100 year old Grenache vines.

 

His Côtes du Rhône is all sourced from grapes in Rasteau and punches well above its weight. The Rasteau shows why this appellation was promoted to a Cru in the Rhône. The Cuvée Aimé is his premium wine dedicated to, and named after, his father.

 

All the wines are made from low yields that bring intensity of flavour. This is the first time his wines have been seen in Australia.

 

 

Winemaker Laurent Robert in front of some of his old vines in Rasteau.

Wines

2011 Combe Julière Côtes du Rhône
  • 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

2011 Combe Julière Rasteau

  • 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

2010 Combe Julière Cuvée Aimé

  • 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan

Domaine la Ligière, Beaumes de Venise

Winemaker: Philippe Bernard
Philippe has taken over the Domaine from his father and the quality is improving and he is developing an international reputation. He also specializes in viticulture and he propagates and sells vines to wineries in the region.


He is going through the process of biodynamic certification. He uses only natural yeasts and there is no oak aging on any of his wines.


He owns almost 60 hectares of vineyards, about half in Vacqueyras, and also in Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas.
Red wines from the appellation Beaumes de Venise are rarely seen in Australia. His Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is made with the minimum allowable residual sugar that provides a fine balance with the acidity and minerality.

 

 

Philippe Bernard explains his winemaking process to Phill Meyer (left).

 

Wines

2011 Côtes du Rhône “Sud Absolu”

  • 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah

2011 Beaumes de Venise

  • 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah

2010 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

  • 100% Muscat

Domaine Guy Farge, Saint-Jean de Muzols

Winemaker: Guy Farge
Guy Farge is an up and coming winemaker in the Northern Rhône. His winery looks across the Rhône River to the appellations of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage.


His vines are planted in St Joseph, St Peray and Cornas. He used to send his grapes to the Co-operative but since 2007 he has been making his own wines.

 

 

Guy Farge in his Winery

 

Wines

2011 Saint-Péray White “Grain de silex”

  • 95% Roussanne, 5% Marsanne, no oak

2011 Rosé Vin de Pays de L’Ardèche

  • 100% Syrah

2011 St Joseph red “Terre de Granit”

  • 95% Syrah and 5% Marsanne. 100 % aged in oak barrels of 400 liters.

Cornas “Harmonie” 2011

  • 100% Syrah and aged in oak barrels.