Imported Red Wines
Northern Rhone, FRANCE$34.99 Bottle
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Cork
While the Cecillon label only recently began, Julien’s family has been documented making wine in Tournon for eleven generations. Today, Julien and his wife are dedicated to producing exceptional terroir-driven wines at their small winery, which is located near Tournon, in the historic center of the Rhône Valley.
Julien Cecillon grew up in Tournon-sur-Rhône, surrounded by the maternal branch of the family that includes iconic producers such as his cousin, Bernard Faurie, and uncle Jean-Louis Grippat. After meeting Nancy Kerschen while working at a winery in California, the two decided to return to Tournon and create their own estate. Acquiring small parcels by chance, opportunity, and perseverance, Julien and Nancy have worked together with tireless focus to craft wines that establish their own reputation amongst the best producers in the Northern Rhône. Though they are running the winery on their own, the couple certainly benefits from the guidance of Julien’s winemaking heritage. Jean-Louis Grippat, now retired, can be called on for advice, and loves to ride his bicycle past his nephew’s vines to verify that all the vineyard work is timely and proper.
Julien and Nancy farm estate parcels in the appellations of Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, as well as two hectares of Viognier and Gamay further into the Ardèche hills near the village of Ardoix, which are classified as Vin de France. To broaden the range of wines, they also work with local growers to produce several micro-négociant cuvées. All of the wines at the domaine are produced with native yeasts and are aged primarily in used barrels to create harmonious, balanced wines that highlight the unique terroirs of the Northern Rhône.
Re-tasted on 29/5/2015
- Cellar Drink Now (2015)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Diam Cork
100% Syrah. Opaque dark red black colour with a very dark brick red hue. The nose displays aromas of smoky scorched earth, leather, clove and pepper. Light to medium weight the palate has completely dried out and is devoid of any real fruit characters. It has flavours of smoky clove like characters, leather, scorched earth and spicy pepper. Dryish finish with chalky tannins. Short aftertaste of smoky clove, scorched earth and leather. Pass.
A 100% Syrah from Northern Rhone. Opaque black dark red colour with dark red hue. The nose displays aromas of black cherries, cloves and liquorice followed by some meaty pepper like characters. Elegant and medium weight the palate has flavours of black cherries, some dried meats, subtle earth and pepper. Dry finish with slightly chewy tannins. Aftertaste of black cherries, smoky dried meats and pepper.
Cellar 3-4 years (2016-2017).
Direct ImportNorthern Rhone, FRANCE$36.99 Bottle
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Cork
Maison Tardieu Laurent has developed a solid following here in Australia in recent years. Their 2007s have been stunning across the board. In 2008, they dodged the bullets, providing us with some of the finest wines in what was a difficult vintage for the Southern Rhone, then they came back ever so strongly with the stunning 2009 and 2010 vintages in both North and South.
In 2011, Michel Tardieu describes the vintage as a "summery spring, springly summer and optimal autumn". The prospect of an early harvest waned with a slightly wet and fresher than usual July, hindering Grenache ripening, but when combined with fantastic autumnal weather, greatly advantaging Syrah and Mourvedre. The Northern part of the Rhone valley enjoyed a similar weather pattern and the fresh July turned out to be a blessing for beautifully aromatic Syrah. The wines display vibrant fruit and great typicity.
Given their remarkable quality and consistency, it's no surprise that globally, the wines of Tardieu Laurent are in bigger demand than ever. So much so that the Australian allocations for 2009 and 2010 were dramatically reduced. Quite simply, they're becoming increasingly difficult to procure. Consequently, we've got in early to secure a selection of the 2011s as direct imports. The prices are fantastic but the quantities available are extremely limited and the wines will be sold on a first in first served basis. Don't delay!
Bright purple. Intense, mineral- and floral-accented aromas of blueberry, cherry and candied licorice. Sappy and precise, with strong lift to its black and blue fruit flavors.Bright acidity adds bite to a long, fruit-driven finish, which betrays just a hint of tannins.
Josh Raynolds- Stephen Tanzer IWC #167 March/April 2013