Thomas Farge Côte du Pouly Saint Joseph 2019
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
Situated just over the Rhône River from Hermitage, and neighbouring the famous ‘Bachasson’ plot of Jean Louis Chave, this wine comes from one of the best sites that Saint Joseph has to offer. Here, the balance between acidity, tannin and alcohol can be a beast to control. Cue: Thomas Farge, who succeeds in presenting a wine that is simultaneously attractive in youth, while capable of long ageing.
The steep south facing vineyard achieves the ripe black berry and plum characters that define everyones favourite syrah (or shiraz to us Aussies). Despite the plush fruit, it’s on the medium-bodied spectrum. Serving up abundantly spicy, meaty qualities and pretty floral notes, this is one of those experiences that you don’t forget.
“A great sense of purity and energy here - good intensity without heaviness. Graphite to the blackberry aromas, and a gentle, fine-sand tannic texture. It's light-bodied, but with such direction and finesse and a little saline nip on the finish. An exceptional, and highly typical Saint-Joseph. It expresses the weightless intensity and precision of some of the best Saint-Josephs. No overly intense tannic structure, it's not demonstrative or over extracted. A new cuvée marking the transition from Guy Farge to his son Thomas Farge. One of their best parcels of Saint-Joseph.”
Full price $120.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
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The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!