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Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world. DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse blanche, and it should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a synonym for Durif, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880. Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600 hectares (352,000 acres). It can be found throughout the globe from France to New World wine regions such as Chile, South Africa, the Hawke's Bay in New Zealand, California, Washington and in several Australian wine regions such as Barossa, Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, Margaret River and McLaren Vale.

As always, the style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown, as well as the hand of the winemaker in the cellar, and these styles are primarily expressed in terms of traditional, Old World vs. modern, New World. The grape's ancestral home is the northern Rhône Valley, where the moderate climate produces medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavors of blackberry, mint and black pepper. The epitome of quality and expression is undoubtedly the minerally, violet-perfumed profile produced on the Hermitage hill, but the warmer Côte Rôtie produces a thrillingly masculine, gamey version which typically displays denser, deeper black fruit, as well as smoke, wild game, and tobacco notes. The northern Rhône AOCs of Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and Cornas all produce admirable, if not as profound, versions, each with their own mark of regional identity and terroir. This traditional style of Syrah is also regarded as the most age-worthy with wines often required up to 20 years of cellar time to reach their fullest potential.

The modern, New World style of Syrah is unquestionably Australian Shiraz, as the grape is known Down Under. Some of the oldest Syrah vines in the world are planted in Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. These hot climates produce big, boldly spicy wines with ripe black fruit character and underlying notes of chocolate and espresso. These wines are also notably higher in alcohol content and have softer tannins than their Old World counterparts, a result of both climate and harvesting practices in the vineyard. Syrah in the United States generally follows the New World blueprint, with some subtle distinctions based on origin. Wines from California's warmer climates, such as Paso Robles and Napa, exhibit very similar profiles to Australian Shiraz, while cooler climates in Santa Barbara turn out more balanced wines with restrained fruit, enhanced spice profile, and elegant but full textures. Syrah wines from Washington State, especially the Walla Walla Valley AVA, are known for their prediliction towards an Old World profile, while still maintaining a bit of the modern fruit expression. These wines can often exhibit the meaty, earthy character of the northern Rhône along with an herbacious side sometimes found in cooler climates of Australia, like Hunter or Clare Valleys.

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100 points Robert Parker: The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern day equivalent of the 1961, it deserves all the… ...
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1990  (#335189)

Syrah/Shiraz from Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

100 points Robert Parker: The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a three-digit score. The modern…

3L Double Magnum | In stock, 1 available
RP 100
JD 100
RJ 98
$4500.00
97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a touch of menthol. On the palate, the wine is deep… ...
WA 97
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AM 96
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Mugneret-Gibourg Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#334292)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
WA 97
ST 96
AM 96
$1600.00
98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black minerality, a touch of fresh nutmeg and a very… ...
JG 98
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Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Beze 2013  (#333831)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black…

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98+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Chambertin is every bit as magical as the Clos de Bèze, soaring from the glass in an absolutely classic aromatic constellation of plums, red and black cherries, grilled meat, stunning complex soil tones, cocoa, woodsmoke, vanillin oak and a… ...
JG 98
FWR 95-98
ST 97
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Rousseau Chambertin 2013  (#331574)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

98+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Chambertin is every bit as magical as the Clos de Bèze, soaring from the glass in an absolutely classic aromatic constellation of plums, red and black cherries, grilled meat, stunning complex…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
JG 98
FWR 95-98
ST 97
$1599.95
96 points Robert Parker: This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, minerals, and hot bricks/wood fire. Super-ripe and… ...
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Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle 1989  (#321991)

Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

96 points Robert Parker: This fabulous, blockbuster has been totally unevolved since bottling, but at the Jaboulet tasting, it was beginning to reveal some of its formidable potential. A saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of cassis,…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 3 available
95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice elements that seemingly change with each whiff of… ...
AM 95-97
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Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320036)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
AM 95-97
JG 96
WA 94-96
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100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier’s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions and the quality of the fruit is admirable. He thinks… ...
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WS 98
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Ogier Cote-Rotie La Belle Helene Cote Rozier 2010  (#324201)

Syrah/Shiraz from Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier’s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions…

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available
98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant acidity kicks in. Beautifully balanced, showing… ...
TA 98
WS 97
JM 94-96
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Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2016  (#333541)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
TA 98
WS 97
JM 94-96
96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and concentrated flavors are precise, intense and… ...
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Dujac Clos de la Roche 2010  (#314356)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014) ...
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Drouhin/Joseph Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#334325)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014)

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 2 available
98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this blossoming and the other becoming more occluded. De… ...
WA 98
AG 96-98
FWR 95-98
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Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320543)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
WA 98
AG 96-98
FWR 95-98
95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, plums, espresso, bitter chocolate… ...
JG 95
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Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2005  (#116352)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
JG 95
IWC 95
AM 95
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