In a nutshell: A rich and elegant northern Rhône red made by a domaine who have impeccable credentials.
The lowdown: This wine, made from 100% Syrah, comes from sustainably grown fruit in the domaine's 4 hectares of vines in the appellation of Saint-Joseph, one of the up and coming areas of the northern Rhône. Aged in a French oak barrels for 15 months it's a rich, dark wine with aromas of black fruit, freshly cracked black pepper and roasted cocoa. There's an elegant mineral edge to the palate and it's beautifully structured and full bodied with fine tannins that give a real silkiness in the mouth. To round off, it finishes with a long, spicy and harmonius sign off.
When to drink: Succulent and refined, well hung game or red meats are the sort of food parings to think of here.
Domaine Les Alexandrins was founded in 2009 by two friends, viticulturalist Alexandre Caso and winemaker Guillaume Sorrel, son of Hermitage producer Marc Sorrel. The cellar, located in the village of Mercurol, is in a 17th century farmhouse right on the plain of Crozes-Hermitage. In 2015, they partnered with Nicolas Jaboulet to create Maison & Domaines Les Alexandrins, which is rapidly becoming one of the major players in the northern Rhône wine scene.
The wines sold as 'Domaine Les Alexandrins' are made with fruit from their own vineyards and which currently consist of 12 hectares of sustainably farmed plots in Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. The soils in the Crozes-Hermitage vineyards consists of round pebbles, while the Saint-Joseph vines are grown on granite slopes. They're looking to add to this as and when they identify suitable new opportunties. The wines the market under the name 'Maison Les Alexandrins' are made from grapes bought in as part of their négociant business.