Lionel Faury may be best known for his sublime northern Rhône crus of Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, and Condrieu, but he also farms vines on the plateau just above these appellations. These Syrah vineyards sit at a slightly higher altitude and offer terrific values for Rhône wine lovers, creating a bright, crunchy wine that is irresistible in its youth. Lovely notes of blackberries and violets shine amidst a backdrop of granite minerals and soft brambly tannins, offering just as much lively refreshment as earthy intensity.
While great northern Rhône Syrah is perfectly suited to carnivorous pairings, Lionel’s “Les Hautes Ribaudes” is nimble enough to enjoy with lighter dishes—served cool, it complements just about anything. Consistently among the Rhône’s best values, it’s no wonder this is a longtime staff favorite.