Syrah ‘l’Appel des Sereines’ 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
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.
Syrah ‘l’Appel des Sereines’: 100% Syrah, 10 year old vineyards situated in the villages of St Michel sur Rhône, Vérin, Chavanay and Ardoix. Soil: decomposed granite. Aged in 60% neutral barrels and 40% large oak vats for 10 months.
Fruit and spices ! Notes of raspberries and blackberries integrated with noFrench Whites of white pepper. And to crown it all, a small floral side (violets). It is a rather full-bodied wine with nice soft but present tannins and a medium length on the palate.
Grape: 100% Syrah