As the Gonon Les Iles Feray becomes harder and harder to source, as does Clape’s Vin des Amis, Domaine Rousset St Joseph at $25 is a killer substitute for an affordable Northern Rhône Syrah. The Crozes Hermitage Les Picaudieres is damn fine as well. Check these out. Chambers has the St Joe in stock, and Martin and Panzer carry the wines as well. Pretty classic wines, archetype expressions with black olives, brine and seared meats. And exceptionally well-priced for weekday drinking sans guilt!
Oh, and the vineyards are neighbors of Gonon.
PS. In a blind taste, my wife preferred the Rousset while I gave the edge to Gonon. I’m 92 points on the Gonon and 90 on the Rousset. Very happy to have grabbed a case, as I did for the 2015 vintage.
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