While we may refer to the Rhône Valley as if it were one region, it is in reality two - the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. They are quite distinct in character in almost every respect, and are indeed separated by a good hour's motorway driving. In the north, the climate more closely resembles that of Burgundy; other aspects are also similar - there are a great many small producers, working alongside a handful of famous négociants (best known are Chapoutier and Guigal). In addition, the wines of the north are made largely from a single grape variety (Syrah for all the reds; Viognier for Condrieu; and Roussanne and Marsanne for the other white appellations).

In the south, the climate is markedly hotter, bearing a much closer resemblance to the Languedoc and other distinctively Mediterranean regions. The wines are mostly blended from a number of varieties - as many as thirteen in the case of Châteauneuf du Pape. The whole character of the south, with its heat, wind (Mistral) and dust conjours up an atmosphere much more akin to the Mediterranean basin than to northern Europe. Châteauneuf itself, dominated by the ruins of the great medieval papal fortress, epitomises this in every respect. In both north and south, we concentrate largely on the wines of individual domaines, where we believe the most distinctive styles are made.

Etienne Pochon

A 15 hectare estate centred on the Château du Curson and owned by Etienne Pochon.  This is a fine source of high quality, mostly tank made, Crozes designed for easy and early drinking.

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2012 Crozes Hermitage Rouge, Etienne Pochon
 12 Bottles
Very dark ruby red. Full of ripe, red fruit character with fine, supple and integrated tannins.  
2013 Crozes Hermitage Rouge, Etienne Pochon
 12 Bottles
Very dark ruby colour. Full of lovely intense, briary fruit. Good length and easy balance.  

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