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Underdogs of the Rhône: St.-Joseph & Cornas

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Underdogs of the Rhône: St.-Joseph and Cornas

Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape have long defined the Rhône qualitatively. Yet, nestled between Côte-Rôtie and St.-Peray, on the left bank of the Northern Rhône, lie a string of wine village and climats experiencing a renaissance in fine wine. Traditionally overlooked in favour of their more famous neighbours, a top notch St-Joseph or Cornas can now compete with most wines of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie - qualitatively, and in some cases even in price. Today’s Rhône hunter would do well to know the wines from these often-venerable vineyards. Le Geynale, Sabarotte, Les Chaillot, St.-Jean de Muzols, St.-Epine and Mauves all have a style entirely their own.

Come join Stephen Wong, our resident Master of Wine, on a deep dive into the top sites and cuvées of these two rising appellations. Uncover the forgotten histories of these old vineyards, and discover the tapestry of winemaking here, where dynamic new winemakers are reviving respected old traditions alongside the region’s stalwarts and pioneers. For this tasting, we have searched far and wide for the key vineyards and producers. This lineup ties in many of the old threads and the original vineyards into a narrative which reveals the stories at the heart of these two undervalued appellations.

Jean-Louis Chave St.-Joseph Offerus 2015
Alain Voge St.-Joseph Les Côtes 2015
Pierre Gonon St.-Joseph 2015
Hervé Souhaut St.-Epine 2013
Franck Balthazar Cornas Les Chaillot 2016
Domaine Courbis Cornas Sabarotte 2016
Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale 2013
Auguste Clape Cornas 2007 (with younger backup if corked)

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