Domaine des Amphores, parcel overlooking the Rhone

Beautiful Northern Rhône Wines from the Grenier Family of Domaine des Amphores!

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Our last shipments from Véronique and Philippe Grenier at the Domaine des Amphores in Chavanay have sold out almost immediately, and it's no wonder, as these are delicious, honest wines of terroir from the Northern Rhône at very reasonable prices! Certified organic since their beginning in 1992, and since 2016 all the wines are Demeter certified for Biodynamic farming as well. The 2019s and 2020s here are sensational wines with vibrant fruit framed in fresh acidity which will provide fabulous current drinking, and the Saint-Joseph reds will benefit from  medium-term cellaring as well. We love the whites here, which seem to get better every year - they are silky, elegant and unforced, just delicious wines.... Please note: Due to great reviews in Europe our allocation of the Saint-Joseph "7 Lieux" is only 60 btls...don't delay!

New and noteworthy in this shipment:

Be sure to try it!

The 2020 Vin de France "Mornen Noir" - a grape apparently native to the area between the Rhône and Loire rivers south of Lyon, the Greniers and a few other growers in Chavanay are once again making wine from this ancient variety. (Philippe's grandfather, Louis Grenier, made wine from this grape many years ago.) Possibly related to Chasselas and/or Mondeuse, the grapes yield a bright vibrant wine with black fruit flavors and low alcohol. There are 8 cases of this quite delicious rare juice available for the US, guaranteed to stump your somm friends in a blind tasting...$19.99!

2019 Saint-Joseph Rouge "Les Mesanges" made from 40 to 50 year-old Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of "Pecher" and "Vauturerie" at Chavanay, 30 - 40% whole cluster, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels. A full-bodied, elegant wine  in the excellent, rather dense and concentrated 2019 vintage.

2019 Saint-Joseph Rouge "Les 7 Lieux"  The Amphores "7 Lieux" is from young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu. 50 - 60% de-stemmed, 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre. More forward than 'Les Mesanges,"  the "7 Lieux" 2019 is a beautiful Saint-Joseph for current drinking or short-term cellaring.

2020 IGP Collines Rhodannienes Syrah "Les Iris" From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2020 "Les Iris" Syrah shows the balance, pretty fruit and slightly lower alcohol of this very good and more "traditional" vintage. There is no better value in delicious Northern Rhône Syrah!

Véronique and Philippe Grenier

It's a great pleasure to work with the hard-working Grenier family whose wines are a delicious expression of their granit-based terroirs and their superb organic/biodynamic farming! Wines are in stock, additional inventory arrives Monday, 9/13. Normal case discounts apply.

 

Domaine des Amphores 2020 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2020 "Les Iris" Syrah shows the balance, pretty fruit and slightly lower alcohol of this very good and more "traditional" vintage in the Northern Rhone. The wine shows bright aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of stone, mint, smoke and violet, quite fresh and pretty. The palate is balanced and elegant, with cool acidity and lush blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral, citrus and ripe red and black fruit flavors. Terrific length and depth for a wine at this price. This is a very versatile wine to serve cool with grilled chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value - and a lovely preview of the 2020  vintage. David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Detour Blanc

Domaine des Amphores, a long-time organic and Biodynamic estate in Chavanay,  just south of Condrieu, produces excellent Saint-Josephs and Condrieu 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 2019 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, firm acidity 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

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 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. (For those of you comparing with the last vintage, the 2019 seems a bit more concentrated, with a bit more brightness and acidity than the very ripe 2018) A lovely Viognier and a great value!

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2019 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. The 2019 shows bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe, dense and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach, minerals and firm acidity. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2020 Vin de France Mornen Noir

And now for something completely different... While tasting at Domaine des Amphores with Philippe and Véronique Grenier a few years ago, we noticed a small barrel with "Mornen Noir" scrawled on the front in chalk. A grape apparently native to the area between the Rhone and Loire rivers south of Lyon, it had been grown by Philippe's grandfather Louis - now the Greniers and a few other growers in Chavanay are once again making wine from this ancient variety. Possibly related to Chasselas and/or Mondeuse, the grapes yield a bright vibrant wine with black fruit flavors and low alcohol. The 2020 is simply delicious, showing vibrant aromas of blackberry and blueberry with violet and stone. The palate is a bit lighter than a Syrah, and very mineral, with bright flavors of blackberry and red currant that blend nicely with earth, licorice and stone flavors in the sapid finish. Beautiful wine!   We've just received 96 more bottles of this rare juice, guaranteed to stump your sommelier friends in a blind tasting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph "Les Sept Lieux"

The Amphores "7 Lieux" is 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 - 60% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2019 is a beautiful Saint-Joseph for current drinking or short-term cellaring. It shows a deep red/black color with superb aromas that combine beautiful floral notes of violet and rose petal with ripe blackberry and black currant fruit with black olive and hints of earth, citrus and dark chocolate, really lovely.  The palate is deep and well-structured with blackberry, black plum, and black olive, finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins.with a bitter mineral kick at the end.  With aeration the finish broadens and softens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice, coffee and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - this is quite delicious now, drink over the next 5 - 10  years - it's a beautiful wine and a great value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph "Les Mesanges"

"Les Mesanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 40 to 50 year-old organic Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of "Pecher" and "Vauturerie" at Chavanay, 30 - 40% whole cluster, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels, 5 to 8 years-old. This is the most structured and age-worthy of the Domaine des Amphores Saint-Josephs and is a full-bodied, elegant wine  in the excellent, rather dense and concentrated 2019 vintage. The wine will benefit from a few years of aging, and needs a bit of time open if drinking now, then shows generous aromas of ripe blueberries, smoked green olive and thyme and is generally brimming with energy and life. The palate is ripe and supple with black fruit liqueur, menthol, spice, earth and mineral flavors, quite intense but very bright, lifted by firm acidity, really showing the Biodynamic farming.  It has terrific persistence and freshness and was a perfect companion to roast chicken and summer squash. This will drink beautifully over the next 5 to 10 years.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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Domaine des Amphores 2019 Vin de France Sphé-érique

The 2019 Vin de France "Sphé-érique" from the Grenier family in Saint-Joseph is an elegant Syrah from Biodynamic farming that is fantastically delicious! The wine is from young massale-selection Syrah vines on granite with shallow clay soils in the Richagnieux vineyard  at Chavanay. It ferments and ages in a unique round vat. The wine shows  superb very bright pure strawberry, raspberry and blueberry fruit, really lovely, which continue on the palate that is fresh, refreshing and pure with great focus and length. There is minimal added SO2 which allows the fragrant, floral aromas and fruit flavors to be fully expressed. Serve this beautiful Syrah cool with charcuterie, grilled lamb and pork, roast chicken and mild cheeses. It's lovely wine and a testament to the great farming and winemaking by Véronique and Philippe Grenier and family. David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur