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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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…

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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…

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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)…

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