1. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Mouline”
89% Syrah, 11% Viognier. The vine age ranges from 50 to 100 years grown on 1 hectare of vines planted in the Côte Blonde district of Côte Rôtie. Jeff Leve describes La Mouline as “one of the most exotic and erotic wines on the planet!... The texture is unlike any other wine in the world. Guigal La Mouline is polished, rich and concentrated but never overpowering. La Mouline is one of the few phenomenally expensive wines that’s worth the money.” Aged in 100% new oak barrels for 42 months. Average production: 400 cases
2. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Landonne”
100% Syrah. La Landonne is from the Côte Brune and is the most tannic, structured and longest ageing of the three Côte Rôtie 'La-La’s' and potentially the most complex. Aged in 100% new oak and aged for 42 months. Annual production: 800 cases.
3. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Turque”
93% Syrah, 7% Viognier are some of the steepest vineyards in Côte Rôtie, south-facing with a complex terroir of granite, silicone, schist, limestone and clay rich in iron. Aged in 100% new oak for 42 months. La Turque is grown on the more rich tannic Côte Brune side of Côte Rôtie. However, it has similar exoticism of La Mouline but more compact and tannic on the palate. Annual production: 400 cases.
4. Chateau Rayas Rouge
100% Grenache. The wines come from 10 hectares of vines from a north-east facing vineyard surrounded by a pine forests which acts as a cooling influence. The vineyard has a distinct fine sand soil that helps regulate the temperature and maintains the humidity at the roots. The wine is whole bunch pressed and in keeping with traditional methods part vinified on stems before being aged in very old large oak barrels. Average production 1,100 cases.
5. Chateau Chave Hermitage Rouge
100% Syrah. The style of Jean Louis Chave’s Hermitage is defined by its amazing flinty, granite-like structure and minerality with both precise berry fruit flavours and complex savory, earthy tones. Resultantly, the wine ages beautifully and reaches maturity typically around 20 years of age but can hold much longer. Average production: 2000 cases.
6. Chateau Chave Hermitage Rouge “Cuvee Cathelin”
This wine is only produced in the finest vintages with the first production being in 1990. Average production: 200 cases.
7. Domaine Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite Rouge
100% Syrah first produced in 1996 from 100+ year old vines on arguably the finest terroir in hermitage on a steep granite slope. Grapes are 100% de-stemmed and go through long maceration on skins (4-6 weeks) in concrete vats and aged in 40 – 50% new oak barrels. Annual Production: 5,000 bottles.
8. Domaine Chapoutier Ermitage – Le Pavillon Rouge
100% Syrah first produced in 1989 from 100 year old vines on steep granite slope. Grapes are 100% de-stemmed and go through long maceration on skins (4-6 weeks) in concrete vats and aged in 4-0 – 50% new oak barrels. Annual Production: 7000 bottles
9. Chateau Chapoutier Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc
100% Marsanne. The style of these wines are intense due to incredibly low yielding of old vines. They are part vinified in barrel and stainless steel and then aged in barrel 10 – 12 months. They are dense oily white wines with incredible ageing potential. Annual Production: just 1800 bottles