Is This the World’s First Super Rhône?

November 14, 2014 7:33 AM

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Is This the World’s First Super Rhône?

IN THE EARLY 1970S, the world was first introduced to the concept of Super Tuscan wines. The catchy name was given to a group of Italian wines made by producers who didn’t like the restrictive Chianti DOC laws governing the grapes they could use in the blends of their wine. To bypass this, estates such as Marchesi Antinori and Sassicaia simply labeled their bottles vino da tavola, or table wine. Anyone who had the good fortune to taste them knew they were anything but, and they sold at high prices. Today they fetch around £100 a bottle.

Two decades later, Bordeaux experienced its own mutiny when several winemakers on the Merlot-dominated Right Bank produced a softer, fruitier style of wine that caught the attention of the international market. Like their counterparts in Tuscany, they had a nickname—garagistes—and wines such as Le P...

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