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DOMAINE DU TUNNEL

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh A domaine of undoubted promise that has turned into undoubted achievement, with some STGT leanings in the wines. The whites are particularly good. A new cellar in 2014 gave definite impulse to the domaine and tightened the care and control of the wines.

The wines come in an elegant fashion, with genuine textures and an emphasis on pleasure in the drinking. The Saint-Pérays - four of them - are agreeable both on their own and with food, although some New Wave tendencies have been noted during the 2010s. The Saint-Péray Roussanne was the top 2015 at ****(*), a muscled wine, while the 2016 Saint-Péray Prestige [80% very old Marsanne, 20% recent Roussanne] was a stylish, classy ****(*) wine, a delight, in both 2016 and 2017, with the 2016 Saint-Péray Marsanne a suave, restrained **** wine. There is a Condrieu now, following a vineyard swap with Stéphane Montez of Domaine du Monteillet. on the prized lieu-dit of Chanson at Chavanay.

The regular Cornas became lighter and more modern since the early 2010s, while the Vin Noir is best to drink from three to four years on. The St-Joseph red is a soft wine, accessible early on. Rental agreements mean that Stéphane Robert now has access to old vineyards, boosting the set of young vines that he has laboured hard to plant since his arrival at St-Péray in 1993-94.

Stéphane & Sandrine Robert 20 rue de la République 07130 St-Péray

Tel: +33(0)475 80 04 66

domaine-du-tunnel@wanadoo.fr

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Belgium 3) Canada

Percentage Exported: 30%

British Importers: Berry Brothers, London www.bbr.com The Wine Society Stevenage SG1 2BT +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Direct Wine, John Armit, London Liberty Wines 6 Timbermill Way Gauden Road London SW4 6LX +44(0)207 720 5350 www.libertywines.co.uk customerservices@libertywines.co.uk

USA Importers: Elite Wines 7345 Lockport Place Lorton VA 22079 +1703 339 8150 www.elitewines.net Michael Skurnik, NY