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L'Appel des Sereines Syrah, Francois Villard, N Rhone 2016

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Type: Red
Producer: Villard, francois
Grape: Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Body: Medium bodied
Alcohol: 12.5%
Sweetness: Dry

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'I’ll never forget visiting this chap for the first time back in the early nineties. I nicknamed Villard and his two neighbours, Gaillard and Cuilleron, the Three Musketeers in my notes. They were young, outspoken, daring and made expressive, honest wines. Fastforward 25 years and they’re still heroes in the Northern Rhône, but only one makes a budget Syrah like this one. This is, hands down, one of the most fragrant, juicy and bargain-priced Syrahs on earth. I adore the iodine-tinged nose and blackberry palate – it is the definition of this grape and I heartily commend it to you.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

Tasting Notes

Francois Villard is something of an oddity in the Rhone (and much of France). He’s entirely self-made with regards to winemaking. There’s no family legacy he’s upholding – his father didn’t even drink wine. Originally a chef, his interests turned vinous in the late 80s, finally turning to wine full-time in 1991. Self-taught and undoubtedly gifted, he’s now referred to as the “Master of Condrieu” and it is the delicate touch he’s developed making that most ephemeral of whites that informs his hand with this wonderful Syrah, bringing out the heady aromatics and wonderful complexity of fruit. It’s assuring to see a relative newcomer to such an established region earn so fine a name for himself.

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