Emmanuel Darnaud

About Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud 

 

Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud is one of the most engaging and enthusiastic winemakers in St-Joseph. Producing wines of incredible generosity and polish, these are must-haves for all lovers of this stunning French region. 

 

From his winery on La Roche de Glun, a small peninsular island standing proudly in the middle of the mighty Rhône River, Emmanuel is the very first Darnaud to actually make wines under his name despite coming from a very long line of growers and merchants. 

 

Bursting onto the fine wine scene as recently as 2001 with a mere 1.5 hectares of rented land, Emmanuel has grown his extraordinary estate to 14 hectares, including parcels inherited from his father-in-law, the legendary Bernard Faurie, in St-Joseph. 

 

A determined focus on conveying each individual terroir available to him has been a wonderous feature of Darnaud’s work over the past two decades. The work in the vineyard is of paramount importance, with each and every parcel picked and vinified separately before being placed in wooden casks or vats to continue their élevage. 

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2017 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £222.94
2017

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2017 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90)

Thirty percent of the entry-level 2017 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche spent time in wood, but the emphasis here is on the fruit—and immediate accessibility. Brambly notes accent fresh cherries in this silky-textured, medium-bodied Syrah. It's a great quaffing wine, just so easy to drink, with delicate tannins and a bright finish. Founded in 2001 with 1.5 hectares, Emmanuel Darnaud has gradually expanded the size of his domaine to its current size of 17 hectares in Crozes Hermitage (in 21 different parcels) and about 1.5 hectares in Saint Joseph (a southeast-facing slope in Tournon acquired from his father-in-law, Bernard Faurie). There's a tiny production of barrel-fermented white wines, but the vast majority of Darnaud's plantings are of Syrah, mainly around Roche de Glun and Post de l'Isère. These are textural wines, with plenty of concentration and substance yet not lacking for finesse or complexity.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 10 90 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £222.94
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £119.27
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90-92)

Tasted from tank, Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche looks ridiculously good for an entry-level cuvée. Cracked pepper, black cherries and black olives all swirl about on the nose and palate of this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky-textured, shows ample freshness and lingers attractively on the finish. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 12 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £119.27
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £161.27
2017

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Darnaud's 2017 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes (which I rated 90–92 from barrel last year) boasts an exciting mix of fruity and savory elements, with blueberries complemented by black olives. There are hints of menthol and charred meat in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's supple but concentrated, with a long, vibrant finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £161.27
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £130.07
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92-94)

I tasted four components of the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes, rating them all within this range, whether from tank (20% of the blend) or barrel. Taken together, they're more dark fruited and plummy than some years, with ripe, supple tannins and ample concentration, but they retain a sense of vitality and freshness. Exciting potential, for sure. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
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Rhone 6x75cl 1 92-94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £130.07
Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £196.07
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-96+)

Despite coming in at 15.2% alcohol, the 2018 Saint Joseph La Dardouille shows absolutely no alcohol-derived heat. With accents of crushed stone, pencil shavings and violets layered over deep cassis and blueberry fruit, this wine should prove outstanding. It's full-bodied, concentrated and richly textured, with a long, vibrant and intensely-flavored finish that also manages to be elegant. Wow.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rhone 6x75cl 1 94-96+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £196.07
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2017 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £159.00
2017

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2017 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90)

Thirty percent of the entry-level 2017 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche spent time in wood, but the emphasis here is on the fruit—and immediate accessibility. Brambly notes accent fresh cherries in this silky-textured, medium-bodied Syrah. It's a great quaffing wine, just so easy to drink, with delicate tannins and a bright finish. Founded in 2001 with 1.5 hectares, Emmanuel Darnaud has gradually expanded the size of his domaine to its current size of 17 hectares in Crozes Hermitage (in 21 different parcels) and about 1.5 hectares in Saint Joseph (a southeast-facing slope in Tournon acquired from his father-in-law, Bernard Faurie). There's a tiny production of barrel-fermented white wines, but the vast majority of Darnaud's plantings are of Syrah, mainly around Roche de Glun and Post de l'Isère. These are textural wines, with plenty of concentration and substance yet not lacking for finesse or complexity.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 12x75cl 10 90 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £159.00
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £86.00
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90-92)

Tasted from tank, Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche looks ridiculously good for an entry-level cuvée. Cracked pepper, black cherries and black olives all swirl about on the nose and palate of this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky-textured, shows ample freshness and lingers attractively on the finish. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 12 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £86.00
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £121.00
2017

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Darnaud's 2017 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes (which I rated 90–92 from barrel last year) boasts an exciting mix of fruity and savory elements, with blueberries complemented by black olives. There are hints of menthol and charred meat in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's supple but concentrated, with a long, vibrant finish. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Rhone 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £121.00
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £95.00
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92-94)

I tasted four components of the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes, rating them all within this range, whether from tank (20% of the blend) or barrel. Taken together, they're more dark fruited and plummy than some years, with ripe, supple tannins and ample concentration, but they retain a sense of vitality and freshness. Exciting potential, for sure. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rhone 6x75cl 1 92-94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £95.00
Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £150.00
2018

Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-96+)

Despite coming in at 15.2% alcohol, the 2018 Saint Joseph La Dardouille shows absolutely no alcohol-derived heat. With accents of crushed stone, pencil shavings and violets layered over deep cassis and blueberry fruit, this wine should prove outstanding. It's full-bodied, concentrated and richly textured, with a long, vibrant and intensely-flavored finish that also manages to be elegant. Wow.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Rhone 6x75cl 1 94-96+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £150.00

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