Paysage du Cotes du Rhone / Cotes du Rhone landscape

Paysage du Cotes du Rhone / Cotes du Rhone landscape

Last night we celebrated the marriage of Tindal and Tyrrell with a wine club welcoming our new Rhône collection onto our shelves. Tyrrell & Co are an esteemed importer focused on wines from the Rhône Valley and judged by Tomas Clancy from the Sunday Business Post to be the best fine wine importer in Ireland for the last five years running. We are now stocking, what we hope is one of the broadest and best ranges of Rhône wines in the country; both in our Monkstown shop and online at searsons.com.

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Simon Tyrrell led the tasting; his knowledge running deeper than “…well you have Syrah and then you have the Rhône.” He is in fact a qualified winemaker who makes wines in this valley, one of which was tasted last night.

For those of you who missed last years talk, here’s some general Rhône info and more about the wines that were tasted…

“Think Red, think Côtes du Rhône” is the slogan for Inter-Rhône, the wine board supporting wine-makers in the Rhône Valley, but they could also add “think white, think variety, think range”. The Rhône is perhaps the most diverse wine region in France if not the world. Running 250 kilometres from north to south of the valley the River Rhône links over 250 communes and hundreds of winemakers, with wines as different as a simple Vin de Pays to a regal Châteauneuf du Pape or Côte-Rôtie.

Cep de vigne (Cairanne) / Vine stock (Cairanne)

Cep de vigne (Cairanne) / Vine stock (Cairanne)

It is also one of the oldest: as far back as the fourth century BC, during the Greek colonisation, grapes were grown in Marseille. The Romans then followed, and planted vineyards, the evidence of which is still very visible in the steep terraces of Côte-Rôtie where all the work in these vineyards is still to this day done by hand.

The terraces of Côte-Rôtie are at an angle of 40° – and if you can’t quite imagine that then remember that a toddler can’t walk this gradient without falling backwards.

Last night we tasted 6 wines from the Rhône, two whites and four reds, and we travelled from a crisp white Viognier from the Ventoux in the south of the valley all the way up to a Côte-Rôtie from those steep Roman terraces in the north.

We have put together a mixed case, one bottle of each of these wines. With an RRP of €154.80 this case is on offer for €132 until the end of March. With free delivery giving a saving of over €32 we think this journey along the Rhône is an offer not to be missed. Click here to buy the case before the offer runs out.

The mixed case will contain two bottles each of white wines Viognier ‘Paradou’ 2015, IGP d’Oc from Château Pesquie and Le Blanc d’Ogier 2012, IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes from Domaine M&S Ogier d’Ampuis as well as two bottles each of reds Côtes du Rhône ‘Cuvée Suroit’ 2014, Les Deux Cols; Vacqueyras ‘Floureto’ 2013, Domaine le Sang des Cailloux; Châteauneuf du Pape 2012, Mas St. Louis; Crozes-Hermitage 2014, Domaine Yann Chave.

For more information on these wines please click on the link in each.

For those of you still with us at the end of this rather long, but hopefully informative and perhaps interesting blog; a parting thought. Top examples from the Rhône Valley age almost as well as top Bordeaux wines gaining the wonderful tertiary complexity of smoke, earth and pruney complex ethereal notes at a fraction of the price. If you’ve considered buying wine to put down the Rhône Valley could provide the perfect starter pack. Each year we get allocations from the most prestigious producers if you would like to receive a list of these wines as and when they are available please email styrrell@tindalwine.com or shop@searsons.com