2017 Guy Farge "Bouquet de Syrah" Ardeche Rouge

SKU #1377645

Guy Farge took over the management of his family estate in 1980. Originally he sold his fruit to the Cave de Tain (where he worked) and then to Delas. In 2007, he began producing wines under his own label. Each year, the wines have grown and evolved as has Guy's winemaking prowess. Now working with his son Thomas, each bottling represents some of the best we have seen from his primarily granitic terroirs. The Bouquet represents one of the best values in Syrah from our Northern Rhone portfolio. From a plateau just over 1200 feet in elevation, these are 25+ year old vines just outside the Saint-Joseph appellation but still on the same granitic soils. It is all hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts and aged for 6 months in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the Syrah. A stunning bargain!


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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2019 | Send Email
This is prime "Saint-Joseph-adjacent" Syrah, made with fruit from vines that grow in the same granitic soils but are just a stone's throw outside the appellation. My nose keeps returning to the glass to take in the aromas of black currant, raspberry, and cracked pepper, with traces of crushed stone that unfold with some breathing time. There is great complexity here with just the perfect amount of acidity and tannic presence. Did I mention the low ABV of 12.5%? A FANTASTIC Syrah from the Northern Rhone that will knock your socks off in flavor and value. I can't get enough of this wine!

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2018 | Send Email
Subtly tart black fruit and an enjoyably earthy structure make this nimble red a complex little Syrah, especially for the price. This has classic Northern Rhône style but feels more accessible than some of bigger names in the region. Give it some air, pair with something grilled, and prepare to be impressed.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2018 | Send Email
This is a really fun bottle of Syrah. A perfect choice for the California drinker looking to explore some older-world styles of Syrah-- or for a longtime lover of the Northern Rhone looking for something fresh and easy for the dinner table. There is a unique interplay on the palate between the intense rich ripe qualities of the fruit that fill the nose, and the light, lifted freshness that first strikes the palate. Deep reddish purple color. A very smooth, all too-easy to drink wine with soft plum and cassis notes, with some ground green peppercorn and earth to balance the equation.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
Wow this is my new favorite syrah in the store. Be sure to get it decanted as it loves air, but as soon as it starts to open up we're into some rarefied air. Juicy, pungent and packed full of wild black fruit. The structure is gorgeous! Perfect acidity to balance fruit and flinty earthiness. Soft round tannin adds length and texture. This is exactly what I want from an entry level syrah and the wine out drinks its price point by about a mile.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5
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