Rhône 2018 En Primeur

 

The Wines

The Rhône is a region that just keeps delivering great value, high quality wines. The 2018 vintage is no exception - the wines are excellent, a beautiful balance of soft ripe fruit but with a juicy, mouth-watering quality that makes them oh so easy to drink and will enable the better wines to age gracefully. For the second year in a row the North has pipped the South in terms of absolute quality; with disease pressures almost absent this year Syrah and Viognier have excelled.  André Perret said it was the best year he had ever known, “Très, Très, Bon”, and he started in 1983! The resultant wines have great concentration and beautifully ripe tannins as well as a succulence that made them a pleasure to taste from barrel and will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. In the south the missing Grenache has been replaced by higher proportions of Mourvèdre and Counoise both of which ripened well in the warm summer, giving an aromatic quality to the wines while the low yields this year endow the wines with good depth and concentration. The whites of the North and South are rich, concentrated and beautifully balanced.

The Weather

The winter of 2017/18 was wet, this meant the water reserves in the soil were topped up ready to be drawn upon by the vines in the summer months. A mild spring followed. The end of flowering was touched by rainfall but at this stage it looked like an abundant year. The mild spring turned in to a wet and warm early summer with rain in May and June. Usually when they have rain at this time the Mistral comes to the rescue, a strong north-westerly wind that dries off the vines and cools the temperature, but this year it didn’t. Instead it was replaced by the Mistral Noir which blew warm moist air up from the Azores. An attack of mildew struck the southern Rhône in particular, requiring a lot of work in the vineyard to counteract its affects. Despite their best efforts growers lost between 30 and 70% of their crop in some regions. Grenache, a thin skinned variety, was particularly affected. The remainder of the season was warm and dry ensuring the remaining grapes achieved excellent ripeness. Harvest started early in September in warmer than usual conditions which stayed the course meaning plots could be picked at optimum ripeness. Overall, giving another great year that has produced very drinkable wines.

White

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A delicious array of exotic fruits with just a touch of ginger...

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A gorgeous creamy character to a nose of ripe apple and pear…

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100% Marsanne, 20% fermented in barrel. Yellow peaches and a…

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100% Roussanne with a small proportion aged in big, old, oak…

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A blend of 90% Marsanne and 10% Roussanne. This has an elega…

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A 50:50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne with plenty of orcha…

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A smoky nose with grapefruit hints but much more expressive…

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Sweet mandarins in the nose and palate but with a sumptuous…

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This is super stuff, a touch of oak on the nose with a lovel…

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Wow! A big smokey, rich and open nose. Dried apricots and sp…

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Rich, spicy, smoky, stone-fruited nose with notes of white f…

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A very fresh nose with vibrant apple and pear fruit as well…

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Florent Viale described this year a “special vintage” admira…

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Red

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A 50:50 Syrah/Grenache blend, it is a little backward on the…

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60% Syrah, 405 Grenache. Concentrated blackfruit dominates t…

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A beautiful red fruit nose showing great freshness and poise…

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80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from a single 3 ha plot near Beaumes…

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Lovely, pure wine with great red and black fruit character a…

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From 80 year old vines, this cuvée is full of sweet brambly…

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Floral, violet led nose with red fruits and a hint of olive.…

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The vineyards of this wine are at 600m altitude with limesto…

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Big ripe nose, packed full of black pepper and black fruits.…

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A fresh and vibrant nose of ripe plums with a note of smoked…

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Smoky, earthy, savoury nose with cassis thrown in too. The p…

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Quite restrained for the vintage but showing impressive eleg…

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A beautiful crunchy berry fruit character here, both red and…

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Super ripe nose full of red and black fruits with an attract…

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Bold meaty character with black olive aromas too. An abundan…

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More crunchy blackcurrant fruit in this older vine cuvée, th…

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Violet aromas with a hint of liquorice and pepper. The ripe…

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Gigondas saw the smallest harvest since 1998 - 11 hl/ha! 80%…

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A vibrant strawberry jam nose, with lots of red fruit charac…

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Very toasty on the nose with some underlying black plum frui…

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Big ripe, blackberry notes with savoury, white pepper spice.…

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An old vine cuvée by most standards but not here! 50 to 80 y…

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Rich, ripe and bold, loads of black fruits. Sweet spice on t…

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Elegant nose of smoky meats, chocolate and currants. The pal…

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Elegant nose of smoky meats, chocolate and currants. The pal…

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Very dark and concentrated on the nose with plenty of black…

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A deep, intense complex nose full of black fruit, mocha and…

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Named after the old Roman name for the town of Ampuis, Rosta…

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Elegant nose of smoky meats, chocolate and currants. The pal…

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Rich, ripe and bold, loads of black fruits. Sweet spice on t…

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Shipping Spring 2020

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Rich, ripe and bold, loads of black fruits. Sweet spice on t…

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Shipping Spring 2020

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Rich, ripe and bold, loads of black fruits. Sweet spice on t…

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Made from, as the name suggests, 100% Grenache, this has a w…

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Plenty of structure here from the heavier soils of this hall…

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A slightly higher proportion of Viognier in this vineyard, a…

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