On the 13th November 2019 I found myself in a what is described as a ‘rustic convivial’ French style restaurant called Noize set in the Fitzrovia region of London. Courtesy of Jo Thompson owner and director of Belleville Marketing I was invited to a wine tasting evening of one of the most recognisable and distinctive French wine producers ‘Cellier des Dauphins‘ showcasing their range of wines including some fabulous new additions.
Uniting thirteen local wine cooperatives to form a union of Côtes du Rhône winemakers ‘Cellier des Dauphins’ are the most prominent and one of the largest producers in the Rhone region. Guest of honour was their amiable head winemaker Laurent Paré who was on hand to introduce and share his knowledge with the assembled guests.
The evening started with a glass of their Cotes Du Rhone white which was a blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier this was a light and refreshing way to start and perfect with the delicious Canapés that were offered throughout the evening to pair with the wines.
The next white was their new Reserve range (blend of Viognier, Granache Blanc, Marsanne and Rousanne ) for me, a noticeable step up. Full of ripe tropical fruits, bright fresh acidity and a kick of vanilla. This was well received during the tasting.
On to the reds, again the new award winning Reserve range won a lot of praise. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, full of ripe dark fruit, soft tannins and just a lovely mouthfeel.
Other highlights on the night were the Villages range ‘Plan De Dieu’ and the Puyméras with cool pictures of the actual growers on the label. The Plan De Dieu seemed to go down particularly well with all as did the superb Vinsobres which never disappoints.
My personal favourite was the superb Cairanne, rich, smooth and just had an elegance about it.
A fantastic nights tasting of this iconic brand which has also had a transformation of their bottle shape keeping them all the same (standardised) shape all with impressive embossed necks.
Finally if you are in a supermarket staring blankly in the wine aisle wondering what wine to pick, you wouldn’t go far wrong taking a bottle of Cellier des Dauphins home with you.