Côtes du Rhône Samorens, Domaine Ferraton — words by Philippe Larue of l’Art du Vin, and Aviator’s boutique wine supplier.
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People from Lyon, myself included, claim it to be the capital of Gastronomy in France. This may have something to do with the fact that ?Lugdunum? was the capital of the Gauls during Roman times and was a big trading centre for Roman merchants to sell wine to the locals.
The more rational and geographical explanation is that Lyon is situated at the crossroads of two important rivers ? the Rhône and the Saône. From ancient times, the rivers were used by wine producers and merchants to travel to Northern France and the Mediterranean. As a result, Lyon became a melting pot of Celtic, Germanic and Roman culture and a place where products from all over France became available.
“The Rhône is home to superb, flavoursome wines and The Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Samorens is a perfect example. It?s a wine that we blended and bottled ourselves in South Africa.”
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Lyon epitomises the real French food culture which is wholesome, hearty and simple. The Rhône is home to superb, flavoursome wines and The Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Samorens is a perfect example. The slow cooked or braised dishes particularly suit this warm Grenache-dominated wine. It is full of spirit, jammy, spicy, packed with sweet fruit, sunshine and exotic flavours.
Domaine Ferraton have recently joined forces with Chapoutier. This new synergy brought with it new knowledge and expertise, particularly biodynamic vine growing practices for the single vineyards and the introduction of quality controls.