We were so impressed by this wine! I’ve probably mentioned before that we rarely drink wine from North Rhone as this region is dominated by the mighty Syrah grape. Now I’ve a deep suspicion of young Syrah produced in cool climate countries such as France. Why? Well, they tend to be massively tannic and the older, or top quality examples, are super expensive. But, whenever I need to get out of my wine comfort zone, I usually head over to Uncorked to seek out the advice of Colin Wills and his knowledgeable team. So recently, I came away with this Syrah which is made with grapes grown in and around the Cornas AOC, a famous appellation in North Rhone. The wine itself is made by Johann Michel, an up and coming producer in the region: I’ve already ordered some of his Cornas based on the quality of this young, entry level wine!
This wine is amazingly balanced – no harsh tannins or an overly alcohol finish. In fact we felt we could have had it without food, but maybe that was because it was just so moreish. The standout feature, however, is probably the mouth-feel (just another term for texture). It felt rich and almost syrupy – and this is not a sweet wine, in fact it is very fresh and pure. Think bags of concentrated, plummy red fruit – maybe that was just us as it’s called ‘Grains Noir’ – ending on a slightly savoury note.
You don’t need to cook anything ‘big’ to go with this Syrah; we enjoyed it with roast vegetables, a tomato and basil marinade and quinoa (specific recipe coming soon!).
At a glance
- Style? Medium-full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? North Rhone, France
- What’s the grape? Syrah
- Tastes of? Velvety fruits of the forest
- What food would complement it? Most pasta and grain dishes; try it with Winter Veg with Yuzu Dressing & Millet
Want to explore more North Rhone Syrah? Try Franck Balthazar Cotes du Rhone, also from Uncorked