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LVT 2019 r 2018 wh  Another domaine starting to relinquish whole bunch, traditional winemaking, but the outlook is good. The Garons and their two sons work plot by plot, with a submerged cap system. The wines are mainly traditional, nicely filled, and have gradually improved over the past 15 years, nice and steady progress made. 2018 saw a first class collection across the Côte-Rôtie range - see below. 

The top wine is Les Rochins, from an excellent site in the northern zone, Les Rochains. Its Brune soils, which contain some clay, coped well with the high heat and drought of 2017, giving a ****(*) wine, with the best balance of the four Côte-Rôties. The 2018 is a knock-out *****, full of trembling energy, long life ahead, the 2019 ****(*). From 2013 there is a 900 bottle cuvée from their 1987-88 Syrah on Lancement, the Blonde sector. The first vintage was very good; the wine is more expensive [€107 in 2016] than Les Rochins. It fared less well in the drought of 2017: **** wine; in 2018 it was ****(*). The Triotes is the blended Blonde wine from four sources, and in 2018 is good VALUE ****(*) wine. The La Sybarine is the go-go Côte-Rôtie, bottled after a year, sold a lot locally, notably Lyon. It accentuates fruit foremost, but in 2018 held the structure to live for around 20 years, **** wine.

A lot of vineyard planting and work happened as the first stage, and was followed by a new vinification cellar, on which Jean-François did the carpentry. The boys have cut cask ageing from 24 to 18 months, and shaved about 10% off the new oak quota, also using casks beyond three years’ old.

There is now 0.92 hectare on the schist at Seyssuel, near Vienne, across the River; its first vintage was 2018, with a very satisfactory **** wine that was calm, serene, singing. There is also 0.55 hectare of Saint-Joseph recently planted at Saint Pierre de Boeuf. A merchant range called Famille Garon started with the 2017 vintage, including a Condrieu and a Côtes du Rhône. The whites - Condrieu and Viognier IGP - are raised for a year, malos completed, the raising considered to help them gain aromatic expression.

Jean-François, Carmen Garon, sons Kévin, Fabien 58 route de la Taquière 69420 Ampuis

Tel: +33(0)474 56 14 11



Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Japan 3) USA

Percentage Exported: 40%

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