Syrah Valvigneyre CdR Paret 2017
The Valvigneyre is unusual for a Côtes du Rhône in that it is 100% Syrah and grown in the Northern Rhone. It is a beautifully constructed wine with a lovely crimson colour, mature nose with hints of cassis and ripe fruit. On the palate a touch of spicy Syrah, but well completmented by soft tannins. "Valvigneyre is produced on the 'Haut de Plateau' vineyards of Limony in the Northern Rhone Valley, at 500 to 800 feet altitude. 100% Syrah vines (30 years old) grow on several of Alain's finest hillsides in the 20-acre Domaine. Alain's son Anthony skillfully tunes the expression of this terroir, and the result is an aromatic, finely textured wine with remarkable finesse. Rounded and supple, it reveals aromas of bright red and black fruit mingling with floral notes and a touch of pepper, and smoothly integrated tannins."
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Lauded by Robert Parker as “...a producer to be taken seriously”, Alain Paret took over the reins of his father’s business in 1973. Alain got his start by planting every single root stock, one by one every weekend, for years. Constantly searching for ways to improve the quality of his wines, he went as far as buying barrels from different coopers every year to adapt each vintage to the best wood tannins to achieve the perfect balance. In 1999, Alain’s son ANTHONY PARET joined him, eventually taking over the family business completely in 2013. The estate now covers 101 hectares of vines and produces 40,000 cases annually, making them one of the larger of the top-quality estates in the northern Rhône. Among the total vine holdings are 20hectares of Côtes du Rhône, 15 hectares of Saint-Joseph and 7 hectares in Condrieu.
The Paret Family specializes in the production of two classic Rhône varietals, and these are their two main focuses - - SYRAH and VIOGNIER.They pride themselves on producing aromatic wines with an authenticity of place and a mineral backbone, from vineyards rooted in schist, granite, mica and quartz soils.
Their vineyards lie in the prestigious Northern Rhône appellations of Condrieu, where vine cultivation has been around since Roman times and now is focused exclusively on the Viognier grape, and Saint-Joseph (known as Vin de Mauves in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables) based around the Syrah grape since the 17th century. They also produce wine in larger volumes under the Côtes du Rhône appellation.