Our 2021 Winning Vineyards
Please take note: There will be 3 further Friday special offers during December: fine White Burg, an exciting Adventure case and lastly a sharp Red Burg on 17 December, at which point we close offices, until mid-Jan.
After a long absence, it’s time for a Christmas rendezvous with some of Rhone’s Royalty. We feature three great Domaines, and offer two Syrah wines and a compelling, luxurious, white wine.
Domaine du Tunnel is situated in an old steam train tunnel in the charming village of Saint-Péray in the Northern Rhône. This small family domaine is run by Stéphane Robert and his wife Sandrine. Stéphane began in 1994 when he was just twenty-four years old by renting vines. He now owns ten hectares of his own vines. Stéphane’s Cornas is made from 15 parcels of Syrah from several ‘lieu dits’ with some old vine parcels now exceeding 100 years. The blending of parcels gives the wine layers of complexity and character. The wine spends 14 months in old oak barriques for roundness without masking the fruit.
The Wine Advocate notes: ‘Stéphane Robert has attracted enormous praise from the likes of Decanter, Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. Their wines have become a Cornas reference point. Stunning complexity, richness, intensity and poise are apparent in every wine.’
Domaine Jamet, probably the top name in Rhone: His Cote Rotie Brune 2017 is R7 500 a bottle … So this baby Côte Rôtie from the Maestro for R750 a bottle is an absolute steal.
Wine Spectator: ‘Liquid gold; the Rhone does not make better.’
Domaine JL Chave, 16th generation Jean-Louis Chave returns to his roots, reviving the family holdings in Hermitage where his ancestors first tended vines 500 years ago. Chave is one of the oldest names in the world of wine, and since 1481, they have been producing world-famous wines from Rhône.
Jancis Robinson MW: ‘JL Chave Selection range is a very reasonable way of getting to enjoy their brilliant wines.’
Today’s 6-pack offer comprises two bottles of each fine wine listed below. Du Tunnel’s Cornas Syrah is an utter classic; textbook material. The Jamet is stuff of legends, but so affordable in comparison. Then the remarkable Blanc from Chave, as fine as many a Hermitage but at a fraction of the price. The attached notes offer full info. All of the wines can be enjoyed right now, or reds kept to 2030 and the white to 2025.
- Du Tunnel Cornas, Syrah 2017.
DECANTER MAGAZINE - Serious on the nose. Blackberry, blackcurrant and a black pepper streak. Ferrous, iodine aromas, with sweet fruit and savouriness battling for space. A fine-grained tannic pull, enough acidity to keep it fresh, finishing long and harmonious. 94/100
- Jamet Cote du Rhone, Syrah 2017
Wine Advocate - Medium to full-bodied, creamy and supple, with notes of crushed stone; a fumé-like character. But it also has blackberries, black olives and hints of espresso. It's destemmed and aged in old barrels and finishes silky and long. Jean-Paul Jamet points out that it comes from schist soils identical to Côte Rôtie, but from younger vines. This is a mini version, perfect for drinking now through to 2030; either way, delicious! 91/100
- JL Chave Circa Blanc, St. Joseph Roussanne 2018.
Jancis Robinson MW - Roussanne from old vines. Deep straw. Really heady and clean though you know it's pretty hefty. Mmmm. This has much of the same appeal as a mature white Hermitage. Difficult to see why one need pay the necessary premium for a white Hermitage if you are looking for a wine to drink soon. This would be gorgeous with many savoury foods – shellfish in a rich sauce? Long and rich but not at all sweet. Top Hermitage is wonderful but you tend to need to keep it for quite a while to take full advantage of it. Drink 2021 – 2024. 17.5/20.
Special offer terms:
We have just 6 cases on offer today at just R4 750 each. The first 3 cases can be yours for just R4 450 each, saving you an easy R300.
Weekend Wines imports a diverse range of European fine wines. Top quality is always the key feature. Yet good value also plays a role. Generally we have around 500 unique and different wines in our SA cellars. Each week we email a ‘Friday Special Offer’ to our customers. This features a 6-bottle case of assorted fine wines, with a focus that may include either region, vintage or simply be an ‘adventure’. Alternately contact Robin with your interests, requests, or for assistance.