Balthazar 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone
This is a sensational Cotes-du-Rhône Syrah from Franck Balthazar, one of the most traditional winemakers in the northern Rhone, made from young vines just outside the Cornas appellation, organically farmed. The aromas are deep and round - ripe blackberry, violet, mint with a hint of smoked meat, really superb. The palate is supple and bright with mintly black and blueberry fruit, with hints of rose-petal. Balanced and eminently gulpable, this is in the style of the Gonon Les Iles Feray and will give great satisfaction over the next few years. A great value and highly recommended!