So far the Discover Rhone festivities have been a non-stop adventure of Master Classes, tastings, fabulous lunches and dinners, and evening events and parties.
The ‘easiest” day wast he first, as there was only one fair. That night, we were invited to the Chapoutier party in the cellar where we experienced incredible library wines and met a lot of trade, just a few based in New York.
The second day was Hermitage. Unlike the Cote Rotie, where producers can add up to twenty percent Syrah to soften the grapes, most of the Syrah was pure. It also had a different flavor profile. It was very surprising to see the drastic difference between the 2008 and the 2009, with the 2009 being the better vintage.
After a day of Viognier, some of it quite aged at the Ampuis Masterr Class …
the whites of the Hermitage were 100% Marsanne and some Rousanne blends.
Gigondas was fabulous! Wearing 4 inch Gucchi heels and fresh from a 3 star Michelin lunch, no one sent the email explaining the tasting was 500 meters straight uphill on ancient cobblestone streets. I made it and discovered fabulous wine by the new generation of producers whose families have been making wine here for centuries.
The space of the tasting is often used as a concert venue in summer.
At the bottom of the village was the Black and Wine Event where we could taste more appellations.