Saint-Amant ‘Les Clapas’ comes from the highest vineyards in the whole of the Rhone, at 500 metres. The vineyard is in the village of Suzette, above the appellation of Beaumes de Venise in the Dentelles de Montmirail, the limestone mountainous outcrops that extend West of Mont Ventoux.
Exceptionally perfumed, with a hint of violet, fresh berry fruits with amazing garrigues herbs (thyme, rosemary, sarriette), spice and pepper. To get this kind of expression in a wine it can only come from unique terroir. Though just 50% of the blend, the delicate violet aroma of the Syrah shines through. The other 50% is Grenache. This is about delicacy and nuances rather than power, coming from a terroir much cooler than low lying vineyards. There is no oak used on this wine. It is for drinking now.
A very traditional Cotes du Rhone in style, with a clear lean towards that lovely, deep Grenache character. Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvedre 10%.
Lovely bright nose with hints of cranberry and mint. On the palate, a gorgeous soft Grenache texture, fresh and juicy with an attractive fruit-forward style. Delicious and approachable.
A wine discovered after Robin and Richard took a precipitous journey through Condrieu. Risking life and limb, they happily survived the journey and came back to Swig HQ, victoriously wielding this gem aloft.
A beautiful, perfumed and dainty Chateauneuf, with poise that utterly belies it's 15% abv. Such a refreshing style in the sea of mediocrity that is Chateauneuf du Pape.
"Flirts with perfection" - 99 points, Robert Parker