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Great Wines/Great Values from the Northern Rhône: Domaine des Amphores & Domaine Rousset!

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Chambers Street is proud to offer new arrivals from two of our favorite estates in the Northern Rhône, both offering superb wines from great terroirs, and at prices that make them enjoyable everyday!  (Wines arrive Friday, May 1st - Please allow 3 to 5 days for processing/shipping)

Véronique and Philippe Grenier at Domaine des Amphores are located on the hillsides of Chavanay, just south of Condrieu, where they produce Saint-Joseph red and white, a lovely Condrieu and delicious Vins de Pays that are sensational values. Certified organic since their beginning in 1992, and since 2016 all the wines are Demeter certified for biodynamic farming as well. The 2018s here are sensational wines with vibrant fruit framed in fresh acidity which will provide fabulous current drinking, and the Saint-Josephs and Condrieu will benefit from  medium-term cellaring as well. Their two Vin de Pays whites - the 2018 "Detour" made from Clairette, Marsanne and Roussanne, and the Viognier "Les Iris" are simply outstanding and are two of the greatest white wine values in the store. The commitment and enthusiasm of Véronique and Philippe is inspirational - these wines are highly recommended!

(News from Vèronique and Philippe: "How are you? Like you we are in total confinement, but we must work as nature doesn't wait. We're encountering many difficulties - to get supplies and repairs and with missing personnel. We've finshed the pruning and done new plantings of Clairette in Vin de Pays and Syrah in Saint-Joseph. We wish you much courage to get through this uncertain period.").

Beginning with the 2009 vintage, and based on a recommendation from Jean Gonon, we have been featuring the wonderful Crozes-Hermitages and Saint-Joseph from Stéphane and Isabelle Rousset.  Stéphane's great uncle was the legendary Raymond Roure, from whom the Roussets purchased the "Picaudières" vineyard in Gervans - it's one of the best vineyards in the region with terraces cut out of the granite and old vines planted in high density, dating back to the 1930s. Unlike most Crozes-Hermitage producers, all the Rousset's parcels are on slopes, mostly granite but with a small amount of clay-limestone as well, giving the wines more affinity to Hermitage than to the modern styles of forward and fruity Crozes-Hermitage grown on the flats. Known for their great terroir in Crozes-Hermitage, the Roussets also have a superb parcel in Saint-Joseph on the lower slope of 'Rivoires" in Tournon. The 2017 Saint-Joseph is particularly successful, a complex and meaty wine that is drinking beautifully now and will cellar nicely for ten to fifteen years.

(News from Isabelle and Stéphane: "Everyone is well in the family but some friends have had the virus, what a sad and difficult period for eveyone. Business is difficult and direct sales have stopped, we don't know the consequenses of all this, like everyone we advance into the unknown. Stéphane is alone in the vines for now, but the work continues, we're at the "ébourgeonnage" (cutting the unwanted growth), about 12 days in advance of last year - we were missing rain, but it arrived today. We saw the store on Instagram, everyone looking very busy and tired, it's a trying period, physically and psychologicaly. Take care of yourself and those close to you.")

 

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. Like stepping into the sunshine, this wine is a bedazzlement of friut and floral tones. Yellow flowers, white blossom, honeysuckle, apricot, peach, canteloupe and underripe pineapple, with slight hints of almond, citrus and lemon peel all playing on the alluring nose of this wine. There is a unctuousness on the palate that is beautifully balanced by a lively acidity. The finish introduces a hint of fresh cut hay and that particular late summer evening light. A lovely Viognier and a great value! Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

From Veronique, Philippe and Remi Grenier at Domaine des Amphores, certified organic and Biodynamic. 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne on granite soils in "Le Monteillet" at 300 metres altitude. Bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach and minerals. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Les Sept Lieus

(From young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu) Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2018 shows a deep red/black color with elegant floral blackberry, black raspberry and black olive aromas with hints of earth, citrus and coffee. The palate is balanced and well-structured with blackberry and black plum , finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins. With aeration the finish broadens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - decant if drinking now or cellar 5 to 8 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rousset 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Les Picaudières

Les Picaudières is perhaps the best vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage, formerly owned by Raymond Roure and now tended by Stéphane Rousset. It's a steep slope of granite terraces, isolated in an oak forest facing due south and protected from the wind. (In the opinion of Livingston-Learmonth in "Wines of the Northern Rhône" wine from Les Picaudières is "certainly better" than many Hermitage from the eastern part of the hill.) The vines are planted in high-density and range from 40 to 85 years-old. The grapes are hand-harvested and mostly de-stemmed. The wine ages 16 months,  60% in burgundy barrels (5% new) and 40% in cuve inox or resin, 250 cases were made. The 2017 shows a deep red/black color with elegant aromas of blackberry and blueberry, cherry liqueur, licorice, bitter chocolate, black olive, musk and menthol. The palate shows bright berry liqueurs with deeper earthy black fruits , black pepper, cocoa, licorice, rose petal and mineral flavors, supple and ripe but with firm tannins and a grainy texture. A long saline finish of black fruits, a bit of tar and firm acidity. This is a real Syrah of granite terroir that can be enjoyed young, especially with grilled foods, but best to wait five to ten years and drink until 2035 and beyond. This is the real deal and is highly recommended.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

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Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Detour Blanc

Domaine des Amphores, a long-time organic and now Biodynamic estate in Chavanay,  just south of Condrieu, produces excellent Saint-Josephs as well as red and white Vin de Pays. "Detour" is made from Roussanne, Clairette and Marsanne - it's a delicious Northern Rhone wine and one of the best values in the store. The 2018 is ripe, round and beautifully balanced with aromas of apricot, almond, lemon, hay and stone - the palate is supple and elegant with stone fruits, anise and mineral flavors, finishing with ripe white fruits and saline minerals.  Delicious by itself or with fish or chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. This great value will open up nicely over the next few years and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Condrieu La Côte

The white wines of Philippe and Véronique Grenier at Domaine des Amphores have become particularly successful over the past few years, as their son Remi, now the winemaker at Chateau Grillet,  has been helping out. The vineyards have been farmed organically since their inception and are now certified biodynamic as well. The 2018 Condrieu "La Côte" has a delicate and compelling aroma of fresh pear, apricot skin, soft white flowers like baby's breath, and something that makes me think of moss growing on a wet stone. The palate is incredibly luscious and rounded with a slightly bitter almond skin on the finish. The richness of this full-bodied white will make it an excellent pair for more powerfully flavored dishes, but I also fully enjoyed it complimenting a creamy crab pizza with fresh herbs. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rousset 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Marsanne-Roussanne)

From 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne grown on decomposed granite with clay and gravel - great terroir producing this delightful  wine from the Rousset family.  The Rousset Crozes Blanc is outstanding in 2017 - the first vintage to include the new planting of Roussanne - and is one of the finest white wine values in the store!  The wine shows fresh aromas of white peach, apricot, almond and lime-flower with a bit of white pepper. The palate is supple and dense with ripe pear, mineral and citrus flavors, with wet stone and caramel. The finish is ripe and long with firm lemony acidity. Serve with white meats, a ceviche of fluke, full-flavored fish dishes or provençal fish soup and a wide variety of cheeses. David Lillie 

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

Rousset 2017 Crozes-Hermitage

From hillside vineyards in Erome, Gervans and Crozes, mostly granite with some limestone/clay, average age 45 years, aged 30% in foudre, 70% in one to 7 year-old burgundy barrels. This is no "ordinary" Crozes-Hermitage, but a real wine of terroir from great vineyard sites, all on hillsides. The 2017 is aromatically beautiful with complex aromas of strawberry, blueberry, rose, musk and citrus. The palate is softer than in the very structured 2016 vintage, showing red and black fruit liqueur lifted by floral notes and citrusy acids and finishing with nice mineral flavors, smoky notes and supple fruit.  This is a very pretty Crozes to drink over the next 5 - 8 years, and a great value! David Lillie


  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

Rousset 2017 Saint-Joseph

From a one-half hectare parcel of 60 year-old vines in "Les Rivoires" on the lower slope in Tournon, a cool, late-ripening terroir with clay, sand and stones over firm granite. Aged 12 months, 30% foudre, 70% 2 to 5 year-old barrels. Although normally overshadowed by the Rousset's superb Crozes "les Picaudieres," the 2017 Saint-Joseph is a great wine of terroir and one of the better Saint-Josephs we've tasted from this vintage. The wine shows a dark black/red color with deep aromas of blackberry and red currant liqueur with blueberry, plum, earth, musk and licorice - quite ripe but with nice brightness as well. The palate is quite dense and supple with ripe black fruits and hints of blueberry, dark chocolate, black olive and roast meats  which continue in the long finish with pronounced mineral flavors, berry liqueur, citrus and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but the 2017 will be quite delicious as a young wine,  with enough structure  for medium-term aging, best perhaps 2020 to 2030+.  David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99