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    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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    7 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £119.27
    2018

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 11 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £119.27
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £163.67
    2017

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

    Vinous - Josh Raynolds (92)

    Brilliant violet. Ripe blackberry and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of licorice, bacon fat and candied flowers. Lively, sharply focused black and blue fruit flavors show very good depth, and smoky mineral and allspice nuances emerge with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to a vibrant, floral-driven finish that lingers with strong tenacity.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £163.67
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £264.94
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (12x75cl) With its warm, inviting nose of ripe black cherries, blackberries and sweet rose and violet creams, Les Trois Chênes feels pure and velvety with a slight, but noticeable, macerated cranberry richness behind. The palate is ultra-smooth and beautifully textured. Rich, dark cherry and liquorice notes glide over a slightly hedonistic touch of rose petals and sweet Persian spice towards the long finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 15 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £264.94
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £163.67
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 10 - Inc. VAT: £163.67
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £279.34
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (91-94)

    I tasted three components of the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes—maybe four, as Darnaud hadn't yet decided on whether the last one would be included in this cuvée or bottled separately as Au Fil du Temps. The blend should reflect a balanced blend of floral, stemmy notes, bright red cherries and notes of dark-skinned fruit and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it should drink well on release and for up to a decade. The final sample, aged in second use François Frères barrels, stood out for its suave, silky texture, smoky notes, vibrant raspberry fruit and long finish. If Darnaud bottles it separately, don't hesitate to snap it up.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 10 91-94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £279.34
    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2019 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £410.14
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2019 (12x75cl) Incredibly focused aromas of lifted black cherries and dark chocolate-coated violet creams dominate, before the concentrated, mouthcoating blackcurrant fruit pervades the palate. However, it is the pure energy of the wine, along with the harmonious concentration of fruit and freshness, and the fine yet pertinent tannins that is really impressive here. This is a truly lovely, powerful yet balanced Saint Joseph.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 15 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £410.14
    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2020 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £423.34
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93-95)

    Still in barrel during my visit, I tasted three components that will be blended to comprise the 2020 Saint Joseph La Dardouille. My least favorite, fermented entirely whole cluster, showed entirely too much of that character to stand alone, yet could make an intriguing component of the finished wine. It was stemmy, herbal and floral, with a wiry feel, dried herbs and drying tannins on the finish (88 - 90). More pleasant as standalone tastes (and larger components of the final blend) were two lots fermented with only 10% to 15% whole clusters. One, out of demi-muid, showed excellent freshness and raspberry sherbet notes allied to ample weight and velvety richness (93 - 95), while the other, from a second use barrel, was similarly rich but even plusher, with hints of vanilla.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 93-95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £423.34
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £86.00
    2018

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en 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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 11 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £86.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £123.00
    2017

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

    Vinous - Josh Raynolds (92)

    Brilliant violet. Ripe blackberry and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of licorice, bacon fat and candied flowers. Lively, sharply focused black and blue fruit flavors show very good depth, and smoky mineral and allspice nuances emerge with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to a vibrant, floral-driven finish that lingers with strong tenacity.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 1 92 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £123.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £194.00
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (12x75cl) With its warm, inviting nose of ripe black cherries, blackberries and sweet rose and violet creams, Les Trois Chênes feels pure and velvety with a slight, but noticeable, macerated cranberry richness behind. The palate is ultra-smooth and beautifully textured. Rich, dark cherry and liquorice notes glide over a slightly hedonistic touch of rose petals and sweet Persian spice towards the long finish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 15 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £194.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £123.00
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2019 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 10 - In Bond: £123.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £206.00
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (91-94)

    I tasted three components of the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes—maybe four, as Darnaud hadn't yet decided on whether the last one would be included in this cuvée or bottled separately as Au Fil du Temps. The blend should reflect a balanced blend of floral, stemmy notes, bright red cherries and notes of dark-skinned fruit and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it should drink well on release and for up to a decade. The final sample, aged in second use François Frères barrels, stood out for its suave, silky texture, smoky notes, vibrant raspberry fruit and long finish. If Darnaud bottles it separately, don't hesitate to snap it up.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 10 91-94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £206.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2019 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £315.00
    2019

    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2019 (12x75cl) Incredibly focused aromas of lifted black cherries and dark chocolate-coated violet creams dominate, before the concentrated, mouthcoating blackcurrant fruit pervades the palate. However, it is the pure energy of the wine, along with the harmonious concentration of fruit and freshness, and the fine yet pertinent tannins that is really impressive here. This is a truly lovely, powerful yet balanced Saint Joseph.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 15 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £315.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2020 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £326.00
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Saint Joseph La Dardouille 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93-95)

    Still in barrel during my visit, I tasted three components that will be blended to comprise the 2020 Saint Joseph La Dardouille. My least favorite, fermented entirely whole cluster, showed entirely too much of that character to stand alone, yet could make an intriguing component of the finished wine. It was stemmy, herbal and floral, with a wiry feel, dried herbs and drying tannins on the finish (88 - 90). More pleasant as standalone tastes (and larger components of the final blend) were two lots fermented with only 10% to 15% whole clusters. One, out of demi-muid, showed excellent freshness and raspberry sherbet notes allied to ample weight and velvety richness (93 - 95), while the other, from a second use barrel, was similarly rich but even plusher, with hints of vanilla.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 93-95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £326.00

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