Our wine school founder Jimmy Smith has enjoyably hand selected a world-class line up of iconic producers from the much-lauded Northern Rhône to represent the very best of what this famous region has to offer.
With important vignerons such as Etienne Guigal, Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gonon, Jean-Louis Chave, Michel Chapoutier, Paul Jaboulet, Jean-Luc Colombo and Bernard Gripa this is really a tasting that should not be missed. Every exceptional cru appellation will be covered including Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, St-Péray and two wonderful expressions of Hermitage.
The Northern Rhône
It's not difficult to see why vine-growing is relatively uncommon on the steep, wooded banks of the Rhône south of Lyon. These vineyards, probably the oldest in France, have had to be etched into the mountainside on narrow at dizzying gradients. The great majority of wine made here is made from the Syrah grape, and the region's most famous wines are the deep-flavoured, long-lived reds Hermitage and the theoretically more fragrant and delicate Côte Rôtie. In addition there are some beautiful complex and powerful white wines crafted from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
The most famous producers of the northern Rhône are family enterprises which vinify their own grapes but also buy in grapes and wine the length of the entire Rhône valley. The three biggest are Marcel Guigal of Côte Rôtie, whose single vineyard wines are sought after worldwide; Michel Chapoutier who practises biodynamic viticulture; and, another Hermitage specialist, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, sold by the Jaboulet family to the Frey family of Ch La Lagune in Bordeaux in 2005. They each have their own vineyards but buy in extensively from the hundreds of smallholders who still cultivate these physically demanding vineyards. As elsewhere, an increasing number of these smallholders are now bottling their own wine and their challenge, along with that of an increasing number of ambitious newcomers to the region, has done nothing but good for the overall quality of Rhône wine.
Tasting Date: Thursday 10th February 2022 at 7:30pm (the tasting will last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours)
TASTING FEE STRUCTURE:
For this special two-hour tasting, a wine tasting kit is included in the listed price which includes a 50ml tasting sample of each wine. Note: Tasting kits will be despatched to attendees within the week leading up to the tasting.
DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE A TASTING KIT? We understand that not everyone will want to receive the wine samples, and would rather just register to participate in the online evening without the wines. That is absolutely fine! The fee to just register for this evening without receiving a tasting kit is £10. Just enter the promotional code: 70REGONLY when checking out to ensure you just pay the registration cost.
Jimmy Smith will host this exclusive tasting live at 7:30pm on Thursday 10th February 2022. This single-evening tasting will be approximately 1.5 - 2 hours in length.
Unable to commit on the evening? No problem! Anyone registered for this tasting will gain access to the video recording of the live event, so you can always revisit any of these at anytime in the future - whether its because you missed participating in the live evening or if you want to revisit the presentation at a later date.
Wines Included in Tasting Kit (8 wines):
RATHER ATTEND THIS TASTING IN-PERSON? Rosie Johnson will be hosting this tasting in-person at our flagship venue in West London on Thursday 21st April 2022 at 7:00pm.
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