Down 2 Wine, December 2014, Julie Dupouy

Julie Dupouy, Best Sommelier in Ireland 2009-2012

Delighted with the piece on Julie Dupouy’s Down 2 Wine

Down 2 Wine

Full piece here:

Julie Dupouy, Best Sommelier in Ireland –  you can read more about Julie here in this interview by Inter-Rhône:

Maxime Brunet: Meilleur Jeune Sommelier de France 2013

Maxime BrunetCuvée d’Alizé 2014

“J’ai beaucoup aimé ce vin car il est hyper gourmand, nous avons le soyeux du Grenache, l’épice et le fruité juteux de la Syrah. C’est un trés joli vin.”

Cuvée Zéphyr 2014

“Légère reduction à l’ouverture qui disparait rapidement. Nous resentons un beau fond et une belle matiére dans ce vin avec une structure présente mais agréable.”

Cuvée Suroit 2014

“Très fermé à l’ouverture avec un peu de reduction, le vin est jeune, c’est normal. Il faudra attendre un peu et bien le carafer. Il y a beaucoup de matière avec une finale pleine d’energie (surement du à un peu de rafle)”

Maxime Brunet, Meilleur Jeune Sommelier de France 2013

Irish Times Christmas Supplement 2013

IT-Christmas-Mag2013-Deux-Cols-225x300John Wilson recommends Les Deux Cols “Cuvée d’Alizé” 2012 for Christmas Dinner in the magazine supplement that came with the Irish Times of Friday 15th November.

“An exceptional wine for the price” he writes, “with wonderful fresh but rounded dark berry fruits, herbs and black olives. It has the substance to stand up to the full range of flavours but won’t dominate proceedings.”

Harvest September 2012

The 2012 harvest in the Southern Rhône looks like it’s going to be a cracker – a small crop with clean, fully ripe grapes that have good levels of acidity and sugar levels that for once are relatively low. My own experience so far has been mixed and can be summed up as follows:

pause-cafeHigh points:

  1. Beautiful, warm weather with a constant northerly breeze. Perfect harvesting conditions.
  2. Wonderfully welcoming people at the cellar where my tanks are housed.
  3. A hugely knowledgeable friend in Denis Deschamps to nudge me in the right direction and question my decisions.
  4. Buying and filling my own fermenting tanks.
  5. Harvesters’ “pause café” at 10.30am (see photo) – the word ‘café’ is somewhat misleading.
  6. Tasting the first juice and then the first partially fermented wine (must be worth at least €100 a bottle it’s so good!).
  7. A lovely gîte in Collias where I’m staying, a little village on the banks of the Gardon, just upstream from the extraordinary Pont du Gard.


de=stemming by handLow points:

  1. Having to wait a few days before getting really stuck in due to rain during the last week of August.
  2. Having to de-stem 200kg of Syrah grapes by hand because the winery can’t work with such a small volume. Talk about repetitive strain injury.
  3. The cockerel in the neighbour’s house who seemingly hasn’t got a clue whether it’s day or night and starts anywhere between 5.00-6.00am. Wouldn’t a battery powered alarm clock be nicer for everyone?
  4. The other neighbour’s dog who thinks it’s great fun to join in with the cockerel.
  5. Pieds et paquets – look it up.