Robert Bohr and I started our trip in London working on a private cellar and ended up at The Vineyard at Stockcross outside Newbury for dinner – we indulged in a tasty 1992 Chablis Chapelot Raveneau followed by a super 1990 Barolo Monprivato from Mascarello. Off to Lyon in the morning.
We meet Roberto Conterno, Ceylan Tumgoren, and 6 of the best steaks we’ve ever tasted – all from Piedmont – at Jean Louis Chave’s new St Joseph holding just before lunch. Richard Betts and JL’s wife Erin rolled in minutes later and we took a quick tour because of the heat and a pending lunch reservation.
For the uninitiated, Chave is THE place to taste in the Northern Rhone, and besides his unparalleled Hermitages he has been on a mission to elevate the St Joseph appellation to it’s maximum potential.