6 OF FRANCE’S BEST SYRAHS

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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.

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