In 1994 Eric Solomon visited the Vignerons d'Estézargues and met a young, passionate director/winemaker named Jean-François Nicq. By the end of the day, they had decided on a custom bottling of old vine Syrah from one of their best parcels, Domaine d'Andezon. This opaque-black, blockbuster Syrah could have been a top Northern Rhone wine. What a find! Previously sold in bulk (vinous suicide) to a very famous producer in the Rhone Valley, Eric jumped at the opportunity to spotlight this unique expression of Syrah
from a little-knowm corner of the Rhône valley.
Deeply colored, the 100% Syrah 2017 Côtes du Rhône Domaine D'Andézon (brought up all in concrete) reminds me of a Côtes du Rhône from Pierre-Marie Clape with its iron, violets, plums, white pepper, and sappy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, supple, and elegant on the palate, it's a fleshy, delicious Syrah well worth seeking out. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.