François Villard was not born into wine, starting out his career instead as a chef. He has been making wine since 1989 when he bottled his first vintage, just a single barrel of wine. Nowadays, he makes wine all the way up and down the Northern Rhone in France, from Côte-Rôtie in the north to Saint-Peray in the south.
Almost all the red wines in this part of France are made of Syrah, or as we Aussies like to call it, Shiraz. This wine is no exception, made in an approachable style from some of the estate’s younger vines. Quite a different style compared to Australian Shiraz though, this wine is still full bodied but with more structure and elegance, a grippy texture, and meatier flavour profile.