Rhone Valley Wine Tasting
Linda Field from Inter Rhone gave an excellent presentation and tasting of Rhone Valley wines on Tuesday 6th March, 2012 at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2 for members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.
Linda was introduced by Guild President, Mary O’ Callaghan stating that it was a great privilege to have her here this evening to give a presentation and tasting of Rhone Valley wines. She lives and works near Avignon and also travels as an Ambassador for Rhone wines.
Mary O’ Callaghan, Wine Studies Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin,1 and President Irish Guild of Sommeliers along with Tom Kelly, Cork Institute of Technology were on a very extensive visit to the Rhone Valley during February,2012.
The presentation was covered under the following headings:
1.The Rhóne Valley – some figures
2.AOC The Rhone Valley
3.AOC Cóte du Róhne
The Southern Cóte du Rhóne
The Northern Cóte du Rhóne
4, Perfect matches with dishes
1.Les Crús (16) – 8 Northern & 8 Southern Rhone
2.Cóte du Rhóne Villages with names of commune (17)
3.Cóte du Rhóne Villages
4.Cóte du Rhóne
The following wines were tasted:
- La Gerbraude, Domaine Alary, Cóte du Rhóne AC 2009 RRP €14
- Le Temps est venu Michel et Stephane Ogier Cótes du Rhone Villages – Plan de Dieu 2010 – RRP €16
- Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage AC 2010 – RRP €22
- Domaine Bonnerford Cote Roite AC 2007 – RRP €35
- L’Artemes Domaine de la Citadelle Luberon AC 2006 – RRP €18
- Jaboulet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AC 2009 – RRP €25
The French also drink this wine as an aperitif.
2005 – Very good
2007 – Very good. According to Robert Parker this was the vintage of the decade.
2008 – Not as exciting
2009 – Vintage of a generation according to Robert Parker
2010 – Makers happier with it than 2009. 2010 – a fantastic year
2011 – Like 2008 – good but not exciting.
At the conclusion of the presentation and tasting Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers thanked Catherine Griffith, Chairperson of the tasting committee for her work on this tasting and Joan Dempsey for organising the venue. The last Guild trip to the Rhone was in 1997 as verified by Oliver Murtagh, Vice President.
Finally Mary thanked Linda Field and presented her with an Irish Guild of Sommeliers silk scarf in appreciation from all present.
Where to stay
Auberage du Vin
You can stay at Auberage du Vin a Provencal farmhouse in the middle of vineyards near Carpentras.
We have 4 bedrooms available as chambers d’ holes with modern en suite bathrooms and a self contained gite can be rented by the week.
All guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens and swimming pool.
We also run wine appreciation courses in English and most evenings have a “degustation” of local wines for the guests.
Contact: Linda Field au Christopher Hunt
04 90 61 62 84
384, Chemin de la Peyriere
Inter Rhône represents all the wine-growing and wine merchants in Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley and combines all promotional, economic and technical actions concerning AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) wines.
Technical training :
|Wine-tasting : Initiation into and perfecting of wine-tasting skills.
Course organised on request for all professional organisations: cooperative wine cellars, appellation syndicates…
|Mastering wine-producing practices – HACCP – Hygiene
A course carried out as part of a training programme offered by the Université du Vin in Suze la Rousse, or on request for all professional organisations : cooperative wine cellars, appellation syndicates.
|To improve the effectiveness of the bottling line. In collaboration with INRA of Montpellier/ Pech Rouge, Inter-Rhone proposes a training session for all operators intervening in the work of wine- from ageing to bottling-those who wish to acquire the latest knowledge in the mastering of oxygen in wine as well as new technology and methods of dosing. A training session combining the latest theoretical know-how and putting into practice on the premises. For further information : [email protected]|
|Knowledge and Mastery of Oxygen in wines
En collaboration avec l’INRA de Montpellier/Pech Rouge, Inter Rhône propose une formation destinée à tous les opérateurs intervenant dans le travail du vin – de l’élevage à l’embouteillage – qui souhaitent acquérir les dernières connaissances sur la maîtrise de l’oxygène dans les vins ainsi que les technologies et méthodes de dosage. Un stage qui allie les dernières connaissances théoriques et leurs applications concrètes sur site.
|To train the future managers of the industry
Support at the Université d’Avignon in the context of its Masters degree “Commerce International du vin”, at the ISARA de Lyon for its block-release training project for engineers in the wine-growing/making industry, at the E.S.A d’Angers and at the Université de Suze la Rousse for their training in management and wine marketing.
|Reception at the wine cellar Côtes du Rhône :
Training offered for members of the Côtes du Rhône and the Vallée du Rhône over several two-day sessions. Training given at the Université du Vin and organised by Routes des Vins.
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|Press techniques :
Training offered to members of Côtes du Rhône and Vallée du Rhône who are likely to be spokespersons on behalf of the vineyards to journalists. To communicate effectively is also : To understand how the media work, To define the role of a Press service accurately, To adapt and increase the value of our messages.
|Future wine-waiters :
Training given directly or through a network of appointed trainers for future wine-waiters and lecturers in French and foreign Hotel Business Schools. To refine the knowledge of our future consultants in Côtes du Rhône wines. To bring regular educational support (dotation vins, documents) to more than 400 student wine-waiters (36 schools).
Rhône Valley Vineyards Statistics
73 468 hectares and 6000 estates
2nd largest French A.O.C. wine region in terms of surface area and production
2,83 million hectoliters produced in 2010
413 million bottles in 2009/2010
First business activity in the Rhone Valley in terms of direct or indirect employment
155 countries in the world drank Rhône Valley wines in 2010
92% of wine-drinkers in France know Côtes du Rhône AOC wines