6 OF FRANCE’S BEST SYRAHS
Ermitage ‘Le Méal’ M. Chapoutier
chapoutier.com This single-vineyard parcel makes the Hermitage hill’s most powerful, age-worthy syrah. It shows ripe fruit aromas of extraordinary complexity; the palate is juicy and concentrated, with velvety tannins.
Minervois Rouge Domaine de Camplong
A brooding blend of 80 per cent high-altitude syrah with 20 per cent old-vine carignan. Sappy acidity and firm, ripe tannins marry with flavours of garrigue herbs and dark chocolate.
Crozes-hermitage ‘Le Rouvre’ Yann Chave
yannchave.com Old syrah vines are planted on a rocky vineyard near Pont-del’isère, giving a rich, oak-aged wine with cassis and spice on the nose; ripe tannins, intense flavours and a lingering finish.
Saint-joseph ‘Les Royes’ Domaine Courbis
vins-courbis-rhone.com From a south-facing amphitheatre of vines, this is an assertive syrah, with plum and chocolate aromas, and ripe, dark fruit flavours.
Côte-rôtie ‘Blonde du Seigneur’ Domaine Georges Vernay
domaine-georges-vernay.fr From the Côte-blonde vineyard, which makes some of Côte-rôtie’s most elegant syrahs, this is a floral wine with hints of black olive and minerals on the nose, with a supple, invitingly fresh palate.
Grand Deffand Luberon Rouge Château la Verrerie
chateau-la-verrerie.com Only made in the best vintages, this concentrated yet supple syrah is blended with a tiny amount of grenache and aged in large oak barrels for six months.