It is true that you are not going to
find bargain basement wines in this part of the world but when you
see the spectacular, steep-sided vineyards of the Côte Rotie
you can see why.
The wines of Domaine de
Bonserine really are an authentic taste of this terroir.
The name alludes to the 'Serine' clone of Syrah which had all
but died out in the 1970s as modern clones that were higher
yielding and more disease resistant gained in popularity. This
old clone is smaller in cluster and much lower yielding but
gives a highly aromatic wine and many regard this clone now as the
'real' Syrah. A connoisseur wine that you really should taste
to understand this variety's provenance.
Crozes-Hermitage remains a stalwart of our range, and for good
reason. This is bench mark Northern Rhône Syrah, peppery, spicy and
full of nuance and complexity. Value is about the wines
relationship between quality and price and this wine certainly does
offer great value.
The area is one not to skip over on any restaurant list, these
truly are 'food wines' and worth seeking out.
Last year Alliance Wine France rose to the
challenge of creating its very own range of Southern Rhône
In collaboration with one of Châteauneuf's most highly
respected winemakers, we launched 'Val de Garrigue' with 8 wines. From a
light, quaffable Ventoux to an elegant but majestic Châteauneuf du
Pape, all have enjoyed amazing success. Having shown these wines at
our last two Spring and Autumn tastings we are delighted with the
positive reactions and later this year we plan to add a seductive
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise to the range, the perfect finale!