John Paul Kaminga
Rhone Wine: Domaine Saladin Chaveyron 1422
Updated: Mar 10, 2022
A lot of you already know Domaine Saladin. Maybe you've tried a bottle from us, or maybe you attended dinner with Marie-Laurence Saladin at Steel and Rye last year. Whether you know the wines or not, you should seriously consider a bottle of Domaine Saladin's 2017 Chaveyron 1422.
The Saladin family's vineyards have never been farmed conventionally; they have always been organic. They know this because their family's land has been in their hands for centuries. Their Chaveyron 1422, a blend of Syrah and Viognier, is a nod to a document that recorded the sale of a newly planted vineyard, in the lieu-dit of Chaveyron, to Raymond Saladin in the year 1422. Twenty generations later, Marie-Laurence and Elisabeth Saladin are making some of the best wine in the Rhone, and flying well below radar.
We just tasted the 2017 vintage of Chaveyron 1422 and it is howling. Aromas of cassis, raspberry, blueberry, violets, and diverse spices are lifted and fresh, while a little cured meat, leather and olives round out its savory side. It is round and juicy, with supple tannins and fresh acids. Lively and elegant, this is such a joyous Syrah. It will be very versatile as Syrah goes, but it would be best with hearty fare: braised meats, rich mushroom dishes, dense spicy bean casseroles...
Saladin's 2017 Chaveyron 1422 is $30, but we would confidently pit it against much more expensive Syrah. If you want three bottles, we'll be happy to knock 15% off your order.
One last note : we are usually closed on Mondays, but we'll be open this coming Monday, November the 23rd, 10am-8pm.