2017 Guy Farge "Bouquet de Syrah" Ardeche Rouge SKU #1377645

Price: $15.99

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Tasting Notes

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!

Staff Reviews

  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    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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