Located in the south-eastern part of France, the Rhône Valley is known for its rich history and diverse range of wine styles. The region’s vineyards are situated along the banks of the Rhône River, where the Mediterranean and Continental climates collide, creating the perfect growing conditions for some of the world’s most sought-after wines. The reds wines from the steep northern Rhône vineyards are made Syrah or Shiraz, the likely birthplace of this noble variety. The flatter and hotter south is predominantly Grenache and home to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the oldest French wine appellation. In 1923 winemaking regulations were written into French law for the first time to combat fraud and protect the region’s image.
The warm growing conditions produce robust, rich and complex wines that have the ability to age for many decades. The white wines of the Rhône Valley are made from a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne grapes, producing crisp wines with notes of citrus and stone fruit.
The New world is highly successful with Rhône valley varieties, with the Shiraz-based Penfolds Grange from Australia, becoming one of the world’s most iconic wines. South Africa’s top producers have also had major success with Rhône varieties, considering the Swartland wines from Mullineux Family, Sadie Family, Porseleinberg and AA Badenhorst. Leading producers from Stellenbosch Hartenberg, de Trafford, Boschkloof and Rust en Vrede, as well as Luddite, Cederberg and Saronsberg complete an incredible line-up.
The French list is possibly more definitive, featuring the iconic names that have built the Rhône Valley’s fine image. Vintage wines from Jaboulet La Chapelle, Guigal’s La Landonne La Mouline and La Turque, Michel Chapoutier, Chateau de Beaucastel, Domaine Chave, Vieux Telegraph, Henri Bonneau and more, are on auction. A number of small mixed cases from the 1990s and 2000s should offer good value alongside these most prestigious wines.
Top 5: SA Lots
Lot 4 & 5: Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2005
Lot 33: Mullineux Iron Syrah 2016
Lot 38 & 39: Porseleinberg Syrah 2015
Lot 54: Sadie Family Columella Vertical Case: 2000 – 2011
Lot 59: Savage Red 2017
Top 5 International Wines
Lot:66 – 68: Beaucastel; Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Cuvée Hommage à Jacques Perrin; 2001
Lot 72: Guigal; Côte Rôtie La Mouline; 1999; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
Lot 80: Guigal; Côte Rôtie La Landonne; 2005
Lot 91: Paul Jaboulet Aîné; Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge; 1990
Lot 105: Sine Qua Non; Touche Syrah; 2012
The following wines are all 100-point wines.
Guigal La Landonne 1985
Guigal La Landonne 1999
Guigal La Mouline 1985
Guigal La Mouline 1999
Guigal La Turque 1985
Guigal La Landonne 2005
Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge 1990
Sin Qua Non Rattrapante 2012
Sin Qua Non Touche Syrah 2012
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