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LIVE FROM 8PM: #TWSTaste Roam around the Rhône, 23rd April 8-9pm

Good afternoon/evening everyone!

Welcome to tonight’s LIVE virtual Roam around the Rhône tasting.

If you’re planning to participate tonight then thank you - these last few tastings have been our biggest Community tastings ever!

If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting and what the tasting involves, have a read of our guide 'How To - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events

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Rhône Wine Guides

If you are new to tasting wines from the Rhône, you might find it helpful to read our Ultimate Guide to Rhône Wines

A NOTE FROM OUR RHÔNE BUYER, MARCEL ORFORD-WILLIAMS**

"The first thing to note is that the Rhône is still a fairly recent thing. Unlike Bordeaux or burgundy. How on earth did we live without these wines? I guess the answer is that the wine-drinking community was very much smaller and ate simpler foods.

Thanks to cookery writers such as Elizabeth David and others and thanks to our ability to travel, we were introduced to Mediterranean cooking and lifestyle. And with it, came the wines of the region, be it the Rhône or Italy.

So Rhône wines go with the foods that we currently enjoy eating. We cook with far more ingredients than we used to. And the number of ingredients has grown enormously. The generous nature of Rhône wines is admirably suited to highly seasoned dishes.

And there is a reassuring reliability about the wines. The climate is holiday perfect in most years and the wines tend to reflect the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

And then I would say: the people are just like the wines they make -generous, warm-hearted, individualistic, care-free.

When is there not a good time to be drinking Rhône wine?"

Who’s on hand to help tonight

We have lots of staff attending tonight, so please feel free to use the below usernames and tag any of us if you need a hand (and if you’re new to The Community, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have!)

@laura - Community Manager
@Kelly - Community Co-ordinator
@Ewan and @martin_brown - two of our original Community crew and members of our Brand and Content Team
@Freddy - our buyer for Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Eastern Europe and beers
@hugofount - from our Brand and Content Marketing Team
@MrLaura - from Member Services
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Here’s how things will work:

  1. We will post a WIKI (editable list) of who’s tasting what tonight. Have a look and, if you’re not on there, please do add yourself! You can do that by clicking the ‘Edit’ button in the bottom right of the post.
  2. I’ll also post a poll to see who’s here - please let us know, and feel free to say hi and start chatting before we start.
  3. We’re all drinking different bottles, so it’s going to be hard to keep track. Whenever you post tonight, please start your post with the name of the wine you’re drinking!
  4. To begin, we’ll invite you all to pour a glass, have a swirl and take in the aromas, and post your thoughts and first impressions. As there’s so many of us, it would probably be easier if you limit this to one post, so feel free to take your time and have a good swirl and sniff.
  5. We’ll then taste the wines together and ask you to share your own tasting note. Again, as there are so many of us taking part, it’ll be easier if you take your time and write your tasting note up in one post to help us keep track. Feel free to add any additional food matches and/or your thoughts on how well the wine is drinking now, and how much longer it might age. Anything goes, and there are no wrong answers!
  6. After this, we’ll possibly have time to ask for your mark out of 10, or final thoughts.

And after that, if people want to continue chatting about their wines then please do!

Really looking forward to tonight’s event! See you there :smiley:

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I have now decanted this so I’m all ready!

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Firstly, we dont drink very much Rhône but have recently got from WS lockdown delivery a 2016 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Mule Blanche and 2016 Jaboulet Cotes du Rhône Villages Reserve Wine Society . They should see us through a couple of nights-ha ha and looking forward to tasting something we don’t normally have.

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Here are the 2 choices

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Very nice @Miller6

I have decided to up my game and open my Cote Rotie 2006 from Patrick Jasmin

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I’ve already had a glass of chosen this for tonight.

Hopefully the other half is in the mood for some as well, otherwise I’ve got a bit of a project on my hands :open_mouth:

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My options later - probably not the CDP on a Thursday! :wine_glass:

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I’ve decanted my 2010 so 2.5 hours before first sips.

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Just decanted here too:

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Crozes-Hermitage 2017 Les Trois Chenes (E Darnaud)

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I’ve decanted the Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2017 (hopefully not too early!)

I’m going to have venison with this later! :yum:

However, I might be late in getting a post in later.

I’ve got the following things to do before dinner, with the youngling:

  • Zombie chases in the garden
  • Playing with WWE wrestling toys
  • Bath
  • Bed time story (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Classic!

However, I did try to explain the effects of oxidation on wine and ‘breathing’, when he asked why “I was pouring all the wine into a big vase.” Not sure if he fully understood. Still have high hopes for him to sit the WSET Level 1 before his 7th birthday! :grin:


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Very envious, @Alex88. Looking forward to hearing about this one! Phenomenal! :star_struck:

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Wine decanted here too - lovely, promising aroma! - and the husband is having a first taste of his recently home-brewed IPA (which he calls Inbar Pale Ale)… He’s pleased with it, apparently! :+1:

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The 2015 Oratoire de St Martin, les Douyes, Cairanne open and decanted

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Choice between:
Ferraton St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph 2013
Domaine de Couroulu Vacqueyras VV 2011
Domaine de Joncier Lirac Les Muses 2013

And i went for Les Muses… mostly Mourvedre with Grenache and Syrah, i believe

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Vintage Wine User
1982 Cote Rotie Les Jumelles, Paul Jaboulet Aine @Ghost-of-Mr-Tallis
1997 CNDP, Chateau de Beaucastel @Alex88
Saint Joseph Reserve Personelle, Paul Jaboulet Aine @NickyW
Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aine @NickyW
1998 CNDP Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, Domaine Font de Michelle @Alasdair
2000 CNDP Cuvee du Vatican, Chateau Sixtine @bath_wineman
2002 Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge, Paul Jaboutlet Aine @bath_wineman
2004 CNDP La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe @Dougg
2005 Cotie Rotie, Domaine Ogier @bath_wineman
2006 Cote Rotie, Patrick Jasmin @chris250
Hermitage Monier de le Sizeranne, M Chapoutier @Dougg
2007 CdRV ‘Terre d’Argile’, Domaine de la Janasse @NeilPacker
2009 Cote Rotie, Chateau de Montlys @VinoVeritas
Vacqueyras, Chateau Des Tours @JulianBates
Cote Rotie, Domaine Clusel Roch @MikeFranklin
2010 Cote Rotie Cote Brune, Domaine Giles Barge @danchaq
Cairanne Peyre Blanche, Famile Perrin @Cheers
Vacqueyras, Domaine Les Clox des Cazaux @davidUelm
La Fogotiere Chateauneuf du pape Bill
2011 CNDP, Domaine Font de Michelle @wineintowater
Ventoux, Chateau Pesquie Prestige @Cemantix
2012 Ventoux, Clos de Trias @szaki1974
CdRV ‘Terre d’Argile’, Domaine de la Janasse @Embee
CNDP, Domaine Valori @PaulM
CNDP Bosquest des Papes @robertd
2013 St Jospeh Mairlant, Domaine Villard @David_and_Julia @John_Doe
CdRV St Maurice, Domaine de l’Echevin @laura @MrLaura
Lirac Les Muses, Domaine du Joncier @suiko
CDR Domaine du Vieux Telegraph @CroquetChris
2014 St Joseph Offerus, JL Chave @silver_fox
Vacqueyras Les Templiers, Clos des Cazaux @MarkC
Cairanne Le Ventabren, Domaine de Escaravailles @Ian_cranston
The Society’s Exhibition Crozes Hermitage @Bargainbob @tfpywfpy
Cairanne Les Bruneau, Domaine Delubac @NW_passenger
Cairanne Les Douyes, Domaine Oratoire St Martin @Russ
Rasteau, Domaine de la @Ian_cranston
Cote Rotie Le Combard Domaine Gilles Barge @kelly @Freddy
2016 CdR, Guigal @Lewis
CdRV, Blason du Rhone @BrianUtd
Gigondas, Domaine Raspail-ay @prenoof
Crozes-Hermitage Mule Blanche, Paul Jaboulet Aine @Miller6
CdRV Reserve Wine Society, Paul Jaboulet Aine @Miller6
CdR, Rasteau Domaine De La Combe Dieu @Steve_G
Condrieu La Combe de Malleval, Stephane Ogier @davidUelm
Vacqueyras Blanc, Seigneur de Fontimple @Leah
Guigal Cote du Rhone @TomBexton
2017 Crozes-Hermitage ‘Grand Classique’, Cave de Tain @Inbar
CdR Les Sablieres, Domaine de Escaravailles @Barhamnick
The Society’s Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage @EdMcK
Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes, E Durnaud @Dorsetwinelovers
Domaine de la Grande Romane Côtes du Rhône blanc @tom
2018 CdR Belleruche, M Chapoutier @Cemantix
Grignan-les-Adhemar, Delas @chrisdowson
Ventoux Les Traverses, Paul Jaboulet Aine @chrisdowson @chris250
Tavel Cuvee Prima Donna Rose, Domaine Maby @Brocklehurstj
2019 Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhône @Croquetchris

Well this is a mightily impressive line up! As per usual, I’ll do a last sweep of the thread before we go live. But for now it’s time to take the dogs out. :smiley:

Looking forward to it!

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Ooooh would be interested to hear your thoughts on this. We’ve got a case of the 2016 in reserves that we’re planning to bring out next year.

I’ve just decanted this, it smells nice, more later:

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