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Domaine Garon

Northern Rhone, France | website

Domaine Garon is a rising star in Côte-Rôtie often compared with wines from Rostaing, Barge and Guigal "La La's," but at a significantly lower price-point.The Garon's plantings began on abandoned vineyard land in 1982, "It wasn't bad for the vineyards to rest a hundred years between plantings" observes Jean-Francois Garon. Grapes were first sold to Guigal, and the first wine, "Les Triotes," on schist soils in the Côte Blonde, was made in 1995. "Les Rochins" was first produced in 2003 and a third cuvée, "La Sybarine," from granite soils in the southern sector was added in 2009. The family, Jean-Francois and Carmen Garon with their sons Kevin and Fabien, are known for the careful work in their four-plus hectares of vineyards. Weeding is by hand, treatments are minimized and the key to their winemaking is the quality of the fruit. They do not seek extraction, but rather strive for a more Burgundian style of Côte-Rôtie. The grapes are partially de-stemmed depending on the vintage and although there is new oak used for the two top cuvées, the wines are firmly in the "clear fruit style" and offer delicious evidence that genuine Côte-Rôtie is "alive and well."


2013 Cote-Rotie "Les Triotes"

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Just released

Slightly deeper and richer (but basically in the same ball park), the 2013 Côte Rôtie Les Triotes exhibits lots of black raspberry, plum sauce, spice-box and creamy licorice. It’s medium to full-bodied, has impressive ripeness and a supple, soft style that should allow it to drink nicely on release.

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Jeb Dunnuck
  • Reviewer Score 88-90
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2013 Cote-Rotie “Les Rochins”

$130.00

Just released

The inky purple/plum colored 2013 Côte Rôtie les Rochains knocks it out of the park with its brilliant perfume of dried violets, plum, spice-box and raspberries. Possessing beautiful density, medium to full-bodied richness and sweet tannin, it’s a serious Côte Rôtie that has enough charm to drink well in its youth, but the concentration and structure to evolve gracefully for 15 years or more.

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Jeb Dunnuck
  • Reviewer Score 92-94
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750ml