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Can Northern Rhône Syrah Survive the Spotlight?

Both Côte-Rôtie and Cornas have entered the spotlight after decades in the shadows. Jon Bonné considers how the rush of fame has affected these regions, and what it signals for the future of northern Rhône syrah.

JANUARY 19, 2017  story: JON BONNÉ

As I walk along the muted streets of Ampuis, one July afternoon, it’s unnervingly silent, as if I were striding into Agua Caliente in For a Few Dollars More. The reason why is clear enough: A digital sign above the local pharmacie reads 41.5 degrees Celsius. 106 Fahrenheit. Côte-Rôtie means “roasted slope,” and the slopes above—like the town itself—are literally roasting. read more