Will Arnold 'Colombier Le Vieux' Syrah 2022

Will Arnold 'Colombier Le Vieux' Syrah 2022

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Will Arnold – the son of John Arnold who’s behind the brilliant UK merchant A&B Vintners – is using skills acquired over the past decade, as well as a palate honed on his father’s well-chosen imports, to make wines from diverse terroirs stretching from Beaujolais to the southern Rhône.

Will learned his craft in the vineyards and cellars of some big names, including Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey in Burgundy, Tamra Kelly-Washington in New Zealand, Doug Tunnell of Oregon’s Brick House, as well as Jean-Louis Chave in Hermitage. 

Taking a pragmatic, low-interventionist approach, Will fashions precise and immediately attractive wines from Gamay, Syrah, Aligoté, Marsanne, and Viognier. In 2022, these include a whole-bunch fermented Syrah from a 25-year-old vineyard tucked high up in the hills of the Ardèche; an Aligoté from two exposed parcels of 40-year-old wines in the Rhône village of Échalas; and a Gamay from pierre bleue soils around Bully in southern Beaujolais.

It is a rare joy these days to taste a delicious (and not to mention sensibly priced) new wine from a young vigneron who clearly understands what they’re doing. Rarer still when the entire range leaves us grinning. 

There's so much Syrah energy here: bright and crunchy red and black fruit, perhaps a little herbs and light pepper. 'Effortless' is overused these days, but not here. Yum.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country France
Region Rhone Valley > Southern Rhone
Producer Will Arnold
Vintage 2022
Grape Varieties Syrah
Farming Organic
ABV 13.0%
Bottle Size 75.0cl