2015 Rhône & Languedoc-Roussillon En Primeur
Certainly 2015 was a vintage that made growers smile. Michel
Chapoutier even used the word 'grandiose' to describe it! These are
generous and seductive wines that will please everyone and bring
smiles to the faces of aficionados and first-time en primeur buyers
alike. Read more
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A vintage to make everyone smile
Certainly 2015 was a vintage that made growers smile. Michel Chapoutier even used the word 'grandiose' to describe it! These are generous and seductive wines that will please everyone and bring smiles to the faces of aficionados and first-time en primeur buyers alike.
Recent vintages have often been challenging for one reason or another. Not so 2015, which was as straightforward as is possible.
The weather was hot but, crucially, there was water when it was needed and night-time temperatures often remained cool so that acidities did not burn up, providing crucial freshness in the wines. The crop stayed healthy throughout so that growers were at liberty to choose when to pick at optimum ripeness levels. Philippe Guigal spoke of a perfect vintage in Côte-Rôtie where nothing was picked at below 13.5%, a sure sign of a very ripe year indeed.
2015 will stand comparison with any great vintage of the past. The wines have vibrant colours, depth of flavour and length. The tannins are present, but never taste harsh. Everything is well integrated and in balance. In short, this is a great northern Rhône vintage. Crozes-Hermitage stands out for both the quality of the vintage and the good value of the resultant wines. There is a highly recommended Crozes mixed case at the back of this offer. In truth, though, every wine is worthy of a mention.
Cairanne is one of the best-known villages in the southern Rhône and it has been battling with the powers that be for cru recognition. Having won its case, the first vintage of the new cru Cairanne is, by some serendipity, 2015. What a vintage!
Wines throughout the south are rich, generously fruity and full-bodied with the best being on a par with the 2007s. This was a relatively early vintage so it makes sense maybe that those areas that produce more 'backward' wines did well, taking fuller advantage of the Indian summer. Cue Gigondas and all those eastern fringes that border on the Dentelles de Montmirail and the Ventoux. These are magnificent wines in 2015. The Châteauneufs, too, have their power back.
Further south in the Languedoc, drought was more of a problem. Lack of rain meant smaller grapes and often wilder concentrations of flavour. Carignan, syrah, mourvèdre and cabernet sauvignon were stars in this hot year and we are delighted to have reunited under this roof some real stand-outs: Daumas Gassac for cabernet, Domaine Alquier for syrah, Trévallon for both and Ollieux Romanis for carignan. For mourvèdre, I would draw attention to Prieuré de Saint Jean de Bébian and also Puech Noble, where the grape is particularly well respected.
Both previous vintages had been marked by acidity and freshness, remarkable characteristics in a Rhône vintage. 2015 is more traditional and the wines are undoubtedly fuller bodied. The challenge was to try and limit the weight and seek out freshness in what was after all a hot vintage. Many growers succeeded brilliantly with the top Châteauneuf estates deserving a special mention. The exuberantly fragrant viognier grape responded well to the conditions and produced wines with both power and generous fruit mass.
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This offer is open until 8pm, Tuesday 28th February, 2017.