2019 Francois Villard "Poivre et Sol" St. Joseph Rouge

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For me, there is no such thing as too much Syrah. In the Rhone in particular, I am consistently satisfied with quality, but rarely with the quantity available, I quickly get priced out of what I considered “daily drinkers.” Let’s face it, the northern Rhone is tiny, hard to farm, and aside from the heavy hitters like Guigal, Jaboulet, and Chapoutier, often tiny in production.

A revisiting of Francois Villard's Syrah completely blew me away last week. Through the 90s Villard's style centered big, opulent, heavy oaked wines. Like many of his peers, he's weening himself away from new oak and using a small amount of whole clusters in fermentation. His wines had all the structure, sanguine meatiness, savory peppery spice, and subtle perfume that I longed for. Better yet, both wines had refreshingly approachable prices. -BF

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After checking out, you will receive a pickup confirmation email when the order has been pulled and packed. You can pickup your wine at our shop at 2301 Portsmouth Street in Upper Kirby, Houston. For more information, or if you need your wine more quickly, reach out to us at info@aocselections.com and we will do everything we can to accomodate.