Rhone and South East France – Giles Goodhew

Dec 04

The November meeting was another excellent evening presented by Giles Goodhew, an old friend of the society.  Sadly I missed it, a particular shame as it is well known among the group that the wines of Rhone and Southern France are high on my list of favourites. My disappointment in missing it has not been helped by the good reports I have received of the evening and the wines! I am grateful to fellow members of the ‘Bus Crew’ for the details.

Giles was as eloquent as ever on a topic that is obviously close to his heart. He presented eight wines from the range offered by Georges Barbier of London, sadly I cannot find a web address but contact details are at the end of this post.  All the wines were well received with no clear favourite, each wine struck a chord with someone.

Discussions ranged around the Old World versus New World wines, the consensus being that as a group we much appreciate the subtleties of old world wines.

The Wines tasted were:-


Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2009, Cellier des Chatreaux, £6-99

Viognier Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue 2008, Domaine La Croix Belle, £6-47

Rousette de Savoie, 2007, Domaine Andre et Michel Quenard, £11-52

Reisling Muschelkalck 2008, Domaine Ettienne Loew, £11-52


Pinot Noir, Vin de Pays des Alpes de Haute-Provence 2008, £6-88

Cotes du Ventoux Vieilles Vignes 2008, Domaine de Font Sane, £8-23

Crozes-Hemitge Rouge Noble Rives 2005, caves Taine l’Hermitage,  £8-93

Bandol 2003, Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussoen, £16-10

Giles can be contacted at The Wellington Inn, Chance Pitch, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13  6HW Tel;- 01684 540269

Georges Barbier Ltd is situated at 267 Lee High Road, London, SE12 8RU Tel:- 020 885 25801

As ever – if anyone would care to add any comments/tasting notes, please do so in the comments and I will add them to these notes.