Wine Hotline Hits the Road: the Rhone & Southern France
Several Binny's employees, led by Binny's Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann, traveled to the Rhone Valley and Southern France, in search of the greatest wines the region offers. Joining them was legendary importer Peter Weygandt. Binny's South Loop Wine Manager Don Sheil shares the experience:
The business part of our journey begins when we meet Peter Weygandt, an importer of European artisan wines, in the hillside town of Chateauneuf du Pape. First stop, Domaine Raymond Usseglio, where we tour the vineyards and taste wines with Raymond's son and heir apparent, Stephane. The impressive array of 2011 cuvees and 2012 barrel samples show the quality and care of this vigneron. Surprisingly, at least to me, the 2012 whites are amazing - lush and balanced with rich tree ripened fruit.
Our day continues with stops at: Domaine Duseigneur, just outside the village of St Laurent de Arbres. This certified biodynamic estate produces wines of impeccable purity and precision.
Domaine de Cristia, in the town of Courthezon, where we taste through several 2011 and 2012 blends including Chapelle St Theodoric, a joint venture of the Domaine and our host, Peter Weygandt. These wines have ample richness and ripe, fragrant fruit. The 2011 Le Grand Pin is particularly impressive, and the 2012 blends look very promising. There's more to come... follow the tag On The Road on the Binny's Blog for more from this journey and more travels!