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The Rhone Valley is kept in check by a sweeping Mistral wind that is tunnelled from the north of Rhone to the open and flatter southern Rhone. The Rhone river runs through the valley dividing the schist and granite soils.
The Northern Rhone is a difficult place to grow grapes, the slopes are steep to work and costly. Most of the wines grown are premium styles and its production is tiny when compared to Southern Rhone. Syrah hits new heights here in the form of spicy delights.
Red or White? Mainly red with a small amount of white made. And there is a blend where red and white is co-fermented together in Cote Rotie. Syrah with a splash of viognier - a rarity!
White: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne
This is spicy syrah land - black olives, smoked meats, cooking spices and heady florals are common tasting descriptors. And the tannins can be firm and fine in youth, becoming slender with age. The whites are richer and fleshy, viognier is the queen of hedonism.
Guigal, Coursodon, Pierre Gonon, JL Chave, Bernard Faurie, Balthazar, Stephane Ogier
Grenache reigns supreme in the south, although it is commonly blended with Mourvedre and syrah. Planted throughout the region, Grenache loves the warmth and sunny exposition made available to it in southern Rhone. Look out for the galette pebbles found in Chateauneuf du Pape - these heat up during the day and the extra warmth overnight continues to ripen the grapes on the old bush vines.
From rosé to affordable weekday pizza wines (Cotes du Rhone blends) through to ageable beauties like Chateauneuf du Pape, Grenache is a chameleon of grapes centred around vibrant red fruits and slippery tannins.
Red or white? Red and a little rose. There's also a small amount of a fortified white called Muscat de Beaume de Venise
White: Muscat a Petits Grains
Red: Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
Cotes du Rhone are the cheerful wines you want to reach for mid-week. Their fleshy and fruit nature make them deliciously enjoyable and they won't burn a hole in your pocket. The pinnacle of Grenache is reached in Chateauneuf du Pape wines. These have built-in structure and can age gracefully for many years. Look out for Village or Cru wines such as Vinsobres, Vaquerays, Gigondas as these are a happy medium between the bookend styles.
Font du Courtedune, Rayas, Beaucastel, Chateau de Fonsalette, Marcoux, Mont Redon
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Domaine Gruhier Juliette Bourgogne Rouge 20152015Pinot noirFrance467$88.00 As low as $79.20
November Premium 6 Pack 2021 - Premium French Half Bottle PackWith the recent influx of great half bottles we have been lucky enough to secure a pretty special line-up of classic French wines. From up and down this wonderfully vinous continents there is a little something to satisfy any of your Francophile, drinking needs.
Once again we prove that its not the size of the dog in the fight but size of the fight in the dog and everyone of these bottles will give you a run for your money. From greats like Trimbach and Faiveley to Mont Redon and Pierre Gaillard we are covering the breadth and depth of Frances greatest wine regions and producers.
$245.00 Regular Price $297.00
July Premium 6-pack 2021 - Le Tour French 6-packIt's been a while but it's time again for one of the sport world's most gruelling events - The Tour de France. We have in years past done this as a mixed dozen but this year we have got a cracking 6-pack that you can follow along with as the tour progresses from the comfort of your living room couch. If we can't be there in person then we can at least be there in spirit!
This year we are starting in the Loire Valley with a quick stop in Burgundy before heading off to tackle the long climb and final ascent to the Val Claret. After that we make our way south to the warm reaches of the Rhone valley where we continue west into the Midi and through some of France most rustic and picturesque country. And lastly, on to Bordeaux!
Stage 7, Vierzon to Le Creusot - 248k
Domaine de Bellene St Romain Blanc 2019, Burgundy
A brand-new climb, never use by the TDF and the longest stage of all the stages. A good white Burgundy to celebrate seems like the way to go.
Stage 6, Tours to Chateaxroux - 144k
Caves de Pouilly Les Tuileries Sur Loire Rouge 2018, Coteaux du Giennois
Flat and suited to sprinters weaving through the vineyards of the Loire - how appropriate indeed!
Stage 10, Albertville to Valence - 191k
Berthollier Roussette de Savoie Altesse 2019, Savoie
The doorway to the Alps and at the footstep of the Savoie resorts. Kick back and relax in the beautiful Albertville watching the riders fly by while you sip your crispy glass of white.
Stage 11, Sorgues to Malaucene - 199k
Charvin Cotes du Rhone Le Poutet 2019
Two ascents of Mont Ventoux! Yikes! First the easy way then the steep. One for the climbers. Well, when in Rome, or in this case Rhone, then drink one of the tastiest Rhones around - wa la!
Stage 17, Muret to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet - 178k
Cosse Maisonneuve Cahors La Fage 2016, Cahor
A tough day that finishes with 3 obstacles in a row - the Col du Peyresourder, the Col de Val Louron-Azet and last the Col du Portet. Rustic and striking just like this beautiful Cahor.
Stage 20, Libourne to Saint Emilion - 31k
Chateaux Montravel Rouge, Montravel
Another rip through the vineyards with individual time trials. One of the funnest and fastest of the Tour. What do you drink? Merlot, 100%, all the way - and you haven't had merlot like this! Delic!
$250.00 Regular Price $311.00
November Mixed Dozen 2021 - Mighty HalvesIt's back again! That's right, the Mighty, Mighty Half bottle dozen is here. Getting a steady selection of half bottles has been quite the challenge lately but we have put together a fantastic pack full of awesome drinking. What these lack in stature they make up for in punch.
These are wines from the worlds greatest producer and winemakers from Tuscany and Piedmonte, Mornington and Adelaide hills through to Chablis, Alsace and New Zealand. They are perfect for the park and even better with friends so take a look below at this brilliant, little, selection.
$255.00 Regular Price $312.00
December Mixed Dozen 2021 - Christmas DrinkingIt hard to believe it's that time of year again! It really is crazy how time flies ! It seems to roll around faster each year and this year seemed to from zero to hero in about 5 mins. That's why you can sit back and relax knowing that your wine selection for Christmas is done and dusted with another fantastic selection of wine to cover all your bases.
Everyone celebrates differently and we have made sure that there is something to cover every occasions. There is sparkling to celebrate some much-needed time off, pinot for all your picky wine mates, rose for some hot days to come as well as a magnum of Cote du Rhone to crack when everybody is sitting around the BBQ on Christmas day. We even have Prince Wine Store exclusive sticky that is the perfect match with the winning trifle.
There is so much good drinking in this pack you may want to buy two!
$255.00 Regular Price $322.00
French Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021
France is an incredibly diverse country and one that offers a plethora of great drinking at all levels. From its balmy southern shores, warm and verdant interior to the cool limits of its northern hills there is truly something for everyone.
This mixed dozen offers up a selection of some of our favourite producers, regions and varieties as well as up-and-coming winemakers and dark horses you may not heard of. We have tried to include a little snap-shot of the state of play from this wonderful vinous country.
Each month this will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore France offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the French Drinking Dozen.$260.00 Regular Price $324.00
Friends & Family Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021
Prince Wine Store has been running for nearly 20 years now and in that time we have been importing wines directly from France, Italy, Spain and abroad. We go to great lengths to pick only the best of what we see (which is a lot) and bring it to you.
We have forged strong relationships with the producers we import into Australia and consider them friends and confidants in the world of wine.
Closer to home we have forged similar relationships with many of Australia’s greatest producers as well as many of the countries rising stars and young guns of wines. It’s a pretty exciting time for all of us lucky enough to be involved and we wanted to share that with you.
Every quarter this will be updated as we see great new wines, new vintages and the latest and greatest to hit our shores or slide their way across the table. At 15%-20% off or more, this offers exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don’t forget to check back often to see what the latest version of the Friends and Family Drinking Dozen has in store for you.
SC Pannell - Stephen Pannell
Wheeler Wines - Dale Wheeler
De Bortoli - Steve Webber
Little Reddie - Pat
Sutton Grange - Mel Chester
Red Claw - Tom Carson
Domaine Pajot - Gascgone
Rizzi - Babaresco
Perillia - Campania
Domaine Font du Courtedune - Southern Rhone
Roche de Bellene Bellenos - Burgundy
Ch. Coupe Roses - Minervois$265.00 Regular Price $368.00