Syrah ‘L'Appel des Seraines’ François Villard 2015/17
François Villard, St-Michel-sur-Rhône, Condrieu
“The wines have immediate flair and lots of life in them. The winemaking is modern, with new oak a constant feature. Villard has been restraining himself on the cellar techniques in the last two or three vintages, and the wines sit more comfortably in the glass as a result.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, DrinkRhone.com 2017
"This might sound a high price for a lowly appellation, but it is better than most Condrieu – and if it had that magic word written on the label you would pay an awful lot more for it." Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
François’ empire keeps growing, but he still keeps a tight rein on the operations, whilst being open to sharing his knowledge and passion for his region. The recent winery above St-Michel-sur-Rhône, that seemed so large a few years ago, is now bursting with vats and barrels, but the quality remains. The wines are often seen on the tables of most of the best restaurants around the world.
A blend of young-vine fruit pulled from four parcels ranging from Ardoix in St-Joseph to St-Michel-sur-Rhône and Vérin near Condrieu, this syrah soars on cool blue fruit. It’s ripe yet streamlined, with a refreshing menthol note and vibrant acidity that lift the wine out of its earthy, smokey, dark-berried richness and send it skyward in a cloud of near-weightless flavor that lasts.
Grape: 100% Syrah