When we asked our sommelier at Constance Le Prince Maurice which wine he would recommend for investment in 2015 we were surprised by his reply.
We were expecting the usual suspects, the Grand Crus of Bordeaux and Burgundy, which traditionally fill the cellars of investors, but instead our sommelier Jerome Carlier, said those in the know should be investing in the wines of the Northern Rhône Valley.
‘At the moment this appellation in France is booming,’ he told us. ‘It’s making some fantastic wines like Côtes Rôties, St Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas. These wines have a great aging potential and the value compared to their price is very good.’
This is made up of a series of sloped terraces above the west bank of the Rhône south of Vienne. Most of the wine for investment here is made from the Syrah grape. Noteworthy producers ripe for investment include Marcel Guigal whose ‘La-la wines’, La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque have become highly desirable.
Below Côtes Rôtie lies St Joseph a popular red and white appellation whose quality can vary widely, so if you’re looking for investment look out for names such as Jean-Louis Chave.
A great bargain in French wine terms the red and white wines from the flatter east bank of the Rhône can still be a fine investment. Look out for producers including Paul Jaboulet.
A little further south the Cornas wines are often underappreciated because they require a little aging before reaching their potential as exciting reds from the Syrah grape. Look out for producers Auguste Clape, Jean-Luc Colombo and Durand.
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