This creamy apricot, floral and herb-scented white is from Stéphane Robert, whose wines stand out for their pure fruit intensity. It’s from Saint-Péray – a little-known northern Rhône appellation, south of Cornas, that produces real-gem whites.
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Ripe orchard fruits, with a fresh herbal, floral note, freshness
Ripe apricot and pear, with a lift of blossom and herbs
In 1994, at just 24, Stéphane Robert began to build his domaine, from nothing! He started by leasing vines, then gradually bought up a few parcels, so that now he has 11 hectares in Saint-Péray, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Condrieu and also Côtes du Rhône. He champions Syrah for his reds, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier for whites. Old vines and granite soils are all important to him and in 2014 he built a new winery (in an old steam train tunnel, hence the domaine's name!) to take quality higher. This is his pure Roussanne Saint Péray (he also does a Marsanne), fermented and aged in vat, with no oak. Rounded, peachy, floral and herbal fruit zipped by mineral citrus intensity, this is a classy, well-balanced white. Pair with creamy sauced fish.
"You can't go wrong with this estate"
Jeb Dunnock On Domaine du Tunnel
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