“Plaisir Syrah” 2020 Vin de France red by precocious young gun vignerons Justin Bruyère & Sylvain David. From vineyards directly adjacent to the legendary Côte-Rôtie in the northern Rhône. I am incredibly proud that TOB will be the first to export these young guys’ mind-blowing new wines. New to TOB, new to the world.
100% pure Shiraz.
The thing I love about northern Rhône Shiraz is its peppery aromatic signature. You just don’t find it anywhere else and it is so beautiful. In recent vintages, however, a lot of Crozes-Hermitage, and more expensive Cornas and Hermitage itself, have lacked this pepperiness due to their excessively ripe fruitiness (a result of some very hot summers). And that’s why it was love at first sniff when I poured this one in my glass: immediately dark to the eye and offering a perfume cloud of classic northern Rhône spicy pepperiness, raw in its youthfulness and fully candid take on the variety, and then a palate that is smooth enough, but firm enough too, with elegance, balance, and edgy length. It was not surprising when I found out that this wine came from the vineyards up above the highest vineyards of Côte-Rotie, the royal palace of peppery Shiraz, and very expensive to boot normally. This is a bargain though and quintessential northern Rhône Shiraz (or “Syrah” as they call it there, but it’s the same grape variety).
Drink now to 2028