Long considered the leading producer of this Rhône district, Henri Bour makes wines of head-turning aromatic quality and strikingly accurate Syrah character. He also spearheaded the appellation’s change of name, in order to avoid the nuclear stigma associated with the previous name of Coteaux du Tricastin. After a few vintages where we thought that the estate was a little off its game, it seems to have regained its former flair and is again offering us that customary combination of purity and strength.
90% Syrah, 10% Grenache. This remarkable vineyard, which gains its name from the truffle-bearing oaks that surround it, never fails to deliver its signature rendition of cocoa-scented Syrah. Aged in barriques of 2-6 years’ use, it is unexaggeratedly ripe and stately, confident in its bearing and refined in its finish. It will please its many followers.
50% Syrah, 50% Grenache. That familiar blend of scented Syrah and Rhône strength is here in spades. This is the sort of shapely wine that made Grangeneuve’s reputation in the old days. It offers a wonderful contrast to the prevailing ruggedness of most Rhône wines on the market.