Images of Condrieu

 

Rémi Niero in lieu-dit La Roncharde

 

Lieu-dit La Roncharde looking south-west towards lieu-dit Côte Bonnette

 

Tasting older vintages with Christine Vernay of Domaine Georges Vernay

 

Lieu-dit Coteau de Vernon

 

François Villard

 

Once common, now rare - a sweet Condrieu, this one made by Xavier Gérard

 


Images of Seyssuel

 

Seyssuel is a little further north than Côte-Rôtie, on the other side of the river around the city of Vienne. It is currently within the IGP Collines Rhodaniennes growing area, but there are hopes to promote it quickly to a new Northern Rhône Cru.

 

South-facing schist slopes with Vienne in the background

 

Pierre Gaillard, part-owner of négociant Les Vins de Vienne

 

A selection of Seyssuel wines - prices are already similar to Côte-Rôtie

 


Images of Côte-Rôtie

Dark schist over pale gneiss in lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Looking north-east: lieu-dit Fongeant is the central slope, that becomes lieu-dit La Côte Brune further down

 

The east-facing slope of lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Jean-Paul Jamet in front of his parcel of lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Lieu-dit La Landonne faces the river on a very steep slope, Ampuis in the background

 

Plentiful dark red iron oxide colouring in the schist of lieu-dit La Landonne

 

Schist on the left, gneiss on the right

 

Decomposed granitic sands, found at the far south of Côte-Rôtie near Condrieu

 

Pierre-Jean Villa

 

Pierre Rostaing

 

Yves Gangloff

 

Agnès Levet

 

Various vintages of La Péroline, Domaine Levet

 

An impromptu still life in the Guigal cellar

 

Syrah and Viognier cofermenting at Domaine de Monteillet

 

Ampuis at dusk

 


Images of Gadagne

Classic galet roulé soils of Gadagne

 

Xavier Anglès of Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean with a stone borne papale once used by the Avignon Popes to claim ownership of a vineyard

 

The village's full name is Châteauneuf de Gadagne, but AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape (only 15km away) insisted only they should use the word 'Châteauneuf' on the label.

 

Terroir is similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; the bruyère à Balaï only grows in these two places

 

Céline and Sylvain Boussier of Domaine de la Chapelle

 


Images of Rochegude

The Château de Rochegude in the heart of the village

 

Sandy soils of Rochegude near the Massif d'Uchaux

 

Domaine du Gourget

 

Vincent Baumet with his old bushvines on Rochegude garrigues terroir, closer to Suze-la-Rousse

 

Inside the Château de Rochegude


Images of Signargues

 

The galets roulés of Signargues, the same deposits as those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 

They go on for ever

 

Jean-Marie Granier of Les Vignerons d'Estézargues, one of the best cave co-operatives in the Rhône

 

Labels, old and new (two single estate bottlings from Les Vignerons d'Estézargues in the foreground)

 

Francis Fabre of Domaine des Romarins and president of the appellation. In the background, the village of Domazan is to your left, Estézargues to your right.

 

Bundle of grubbed up vines on the plateau of Signargues. Trunk diseases such as esca are a problem here, as they are throughout the region

 

Cave co-operative Les Vignerons du Castellas

 


Images of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Eric Plumet of Domaine la Cabotte

 

Domaine la Cabotte

 

Biodynamic water dynamiser at Domaine la Cabotte

 

Sandstone and limestone soils towards the north of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Pebbly sand and clay lower slopes towards the south of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Jérôme Hue of Domaine La Mas de Casalas

 

Robert (l) and Paul (r) Charavin of Domaine des Coteaux des Travers in their new vineyard towards the east of the appellation

 


Images of Saint-Maurice

 

One of the few things the village of Saint-Maurice has in common with Hollywood

 

Stony hills and valleys of Saint-Maurice

 

Philippe Viret of Domaine Viret

 

Spherical planting at Domaine Viret

 

Amphorae and porcelain spheres used as fermenting vessels at Domaine Viret

 

Thibaud Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnaud (l) and Adrien Fabre of Domaine la Florane (r) - the only two private domaines now producing AOC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Saint-Maurice. Both biodynamic.


Images of Roaix

 

Frosty morning in Roaix

 

Looking east over the village of Roaix to the Baronnies beyond

 

Pebbly red and yellow clays of Roaix

 

Damien Chave of Domaine du Bramadou at the top of the Ventabren massif, very pebbly soils

 

Franck Molénat, president of Cave co-operative Les Vignerons de Roaix Séguret

 

Elodie Balme of Domaine Elodie Balme

 

Pebbly clay soils of Roaix looking south east towards Séguret and the Dentelles de Montmirail

 

The Ouvèze river, swollen here by heavy autumn rains, marks the south-eastern boundary of Roaix


Images of Grignan-les-Adhémar

 

Château Bizard

 

The grounds of Château Bizard

 

Tanks and barrels in Château Bizard

 

Grignan-les-Adhémar vineyards with the Lafarge concrete works in the background

 

Garrigues vineyards in the northern part of the appellation

 

Henri Bour of Domaine de Grangeneuve, previous president of the appellation Grignan-les-Adhémar

 

Mélina Monteillet of Domaine de Montine

 

Alain Bayonne of Cave la Suzienne