Images of Crozes-Hermitage

Standing in one vineyard, looking up at another - the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage is a series of alluvial terraces   Classic pebbly alluvial soils of the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage   David Reynaud (taken 2013)   Gaylord Machon   Emmanuel Darnaud (taken 2015)   Alain Graillot (taken 2014)   To the north of Hermitage, the terroir is very different,…

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Images of Brézème and Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban

Officially these are AOC Côtes-du-Rhône vineyard areas, but use of the names either Brézème or Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban are tolerated on labels.   Looking south-east over the gently sloping clay limestone vineyards of Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban on the west bank of the Rhône   Looking west along the foot of the limestone hill of Brézème on the east bank of the Rhône  …

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Images of Saint-Péray

Standing in the southern part of the appellation on granite vineyards, looking north-east towards the Rhône   Looking east towards the Montagne de Crussol, a long ridge of limestone with the Rhône flowing behind it. An exceptional terroir, increasingly covered in housing rather than vineyards.   Sandy granitic soils on flatter vineyards of Saint-Péray   Fabrice Gripa of…

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Images of Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet is the name of the producer, a property with its own appellation to the south-west of Condrieu. It's surrounded here by its vineyards.   The oldest part of the building dates back to 1760   The property is comprised of several parts of different ages   The vineyards, all Viognier, rise up in a vertiginous amphitheatre behind the property   The upper…

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Images of Saint-Joseph

The pin shows the centre of the appellation, which stretches from the south of Condrieu to beyond Saint-Péray   Looking north from lieu-dit Le Paradis in the south of the appellation... The pyramid-shaped hillside to the left is lieu-dit Saint Joseph (which gives its name to the appellation). In the foreground, pruned canes are burnt in lieu-dit Les Oliviers. In the background is the hill…

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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  

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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