2011 M. Chapoutier, Pyrenees Shays Flat Vineyard, Tournon


Press and Tasting Notes

[94 pts Robert Parker --- 93 pts Wine Spectator] "Fresh, vibrant and juicy, redolent of cracked black pepper around a lively core of currant and blueberry fruit, lingering with appealing transparency on the vivid finish." Spectator

A Merchant's Pick

Featured April 27, 2014


It's been a while, but we just tasted the most amazing Australian Shiraz and had to feature it!
    When M. Chapoutier of the Rhone Valley is not making 99 point wines, he is conquering the Australian wine world. Applying his craft for incredible Rhone Syrah, he is producing some of the most exciting and interesting Australian wines being made today.
    Chapoutier’s new throne is called Tournon. It is located in Victoria, Australia and is producing high quality Shiraz in a French style - no jam bombs here!
    In Australia, the Syrah grape is called Shiraz; however, the throwback to French style in this particular gem warrants another classification. It is more elegant, balanced and refined than your typical down under find.
    The cool weather of the Pyrenees Foothills west of Melbourne allows the wines to produce very ripe but very well balanced fruit. It has a wonderful freshness that lifts and elevates the strong presence of blueberry and cracked pepper. Tournon Shays Flat is long lasting on the finish. We can't say enough about this wine, other than we love it.
    Throw another Lamb on the barbi and enjoy this wine before it and spring are gone. Cheers!Read More »