France: Rhône Valley

Around Tain l'Hermitage

The wines of Hermitage, Crozes, Cornas and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Domaine Renée Balthazar

Address: 1 Impasse des Basses Rues, 07310 Cornas
Tel: 04 75 40 47 32 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:57:47N (44.96313)    Longitude: 4:50:53E (4.84796) 

If Gonon is a visit for the serious visitor then this one is for the intrepid explorer. The best directions that I can give are to park by the old church in Cornas and look for the Les Basses Rues. The Impasse is then right at the end of this across a courtyard. Don’t try and drive down Les Basses Rues or you will never get out! Here again just the one red wine is produced and it is delicious but needs time. Tasting is from barrel in the bare, earth floor cellar. If you can’t find him then the wine is available at the Compagnie de l’Hermitage wine shop (see below).

Useful information: Appointments only. No groups. No English spoken.


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