Four Premium Rhones to Show that Your Cellar Means Business

Posted December 17, 2014

Ian Dorin


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Rhone wines are consistantly among the top values in the wine world. Countless good vintages over the last two decades have managed to keep supply up, and helped consumers avoid minefield of less-than-stellar growing years in order to find truly great wines. We can't help ourselves from aggressively stocking wines from this part of the world, so if you're not taking advantage of that, you're definitely missing out! Here are a few premium wines to make sure you are a fan of the Rhone forever.

Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape

Being a world class producer is one thing, but being a world-class producer who makes wines anybody can afford deserves special recognition. Pierre Usseglio is the latter. Some of Chateauneuf's top wines come from this remarkable family every year, yet they still manage to produce wine at a remarkable price point. We tip our hat to them. You should too... and then maybe pick up a bottle or two.


Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape

The father and daughter team at Pegau produces the perennial must-own bottling of Chateauneuf, and with good reasons. The critics fell in love, and so have consumers. Year after year, Pegau produces stunning wines that age effortlessly. Don't miss out on one of the marquee estates of this historic region.


Delas Hermitage Bessards

Under new ownership, this estate has found a level normally reserved for big names like Chave and Guigal. Time for them to make room, as this outstanding estate is making world class wine at a fraction of the price of their big name neighbors. This may not be cheap, but is remarkably exciting.


Jean-Louis Chave

Speaking of Chave! From top to bottom, there is no Rhone wine in Chave's hands that he can't turn in to a great bottle for the money. Even the magical Hermitage and it's lofty price tag is well worth it. The wines age magnificiently, and when opened at almost any age, are stunning examples of sheer magical greatness. His wines are more than a safe bet, they're legendary additions to anybody's cellar.


With over 15 years of experience (and counting), Ian has risen to become Wine Director for the Wine Library. He also been featured in the Wall St. Journal, and has regularly been quoted in a variety of wine articles.