Domaine Viret

Our first visit to Viret, we navigated the winding driveway, surrounded by a sprawling amphitheater of vines planted in various configurations (north-south rows, east-west rows, square grids, and yes, spirals), and pulled up to the mesmerizing building whose dimensions up close were even more staggering. Given our trip-typical dearth of proper rest, the uncanny quality of the mise en scène struck us with exceptional force: Is this actually a winery? Are we inside a Stanley Kubrick film? Am I still asleep? Half-expecting a procession of cloaked druids or reanimated mummies to emerge from the colossal lower-level double doors, we were surprised when, ten minutes later, a car—not even a DeLorean—pulled up and a man in blue jeans stepped out: it was Philippe Viret.

Dark Gravity: The Singular Rhône Wines of Philippe Viret

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Atop a hill in Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues, in the southern Côtes-du-Rhône, a structure looms at once imposing and beautiful. Constructed of rectangular earthen-yellow stones broader than a human’s wingspan, it is flanked on the entirety of its left side by an Ionic-columned portico, and punctuated on its upper level by three large circle-top windows. Read More

Domaine du Gour de Chaulé

The Domaine du Gour de Chaulé, situated in the heart of the village of Gigondas, was founded in 1900 by Eugene Bonfils, the great-grandfather of the current proprietor, Stephanie Fumoso.
Wines: Cotes du Rhone, Gigondas, Gigondas Rosé

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Lionnet and Gilles Interview

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During Neal Rosenthal’s recent trip to the northern Rhone Valley, he took a moment to “interview” our producers of Cornas:  Corinne Lionnet and Ludovic Izerable of the Domaine Lionnet and Guillaume Gilles. The subject was, essentially, the “histories” of these two neighboring domaines … one (Lionnet) covering over 400 years and the other (Gilles) a […]