The Garons and their two sons own over seven hectares of vines in Côte Rôtie, in the very north of the Rhône Valley and work plot by plot to produce mainly traditional wine. They also produce a Côtes du Rhône as a merchant under the label Famille Garon.
The plot Seyssuel is on the opposite side of the river to Côte-Rôtie, but made in much the same way with often remarkably similar results. Aromas of violets and black cherries with smoke notes and licorice. Full-bodied with fine and powdered tannins and a good length.
Dark violet color. Highly expressive aromas of ripe cherry and boysenberry, candied violet and exotic spices take on a smoky mineral overtone with air. Densely packed and energetic in the mouth, displaying sharp clarity to its sappy, spice-laced black/blue fruit, floral pastille and licorice. Seamless and appealingly sweet on the impressively tenacious finish, which repeats the mineral note and is framed by smooth, even tannins. These vines were planted in the schist-rich soils of Seyssuel in 2015 and are clearly off to a fast start. (10% new oak)- 93 pts Josh Raynolds, Vinous