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So much to choose from

So much to choose from

The Rhône is on a roll with all three recent vintages classed as exceptional. Quantity is another matter; drought and heatwaves do little for yield. The reds though keep well even at the most modest levels so in fact there is plenty of choice. We hold back stocks and have built up a healthy reserve of older vintages. We will be showing several wines from the 2014 vintage over the course of the year. With two or three years in bottle, they are lovely. Among more mature vintages, I like 2012: very complete, generous and approachable. Look out for a Cairanne from Clos Romane at Christmas.

2010 was a great vintage, with wines that have a bullet-proof structure. The wines are beginning to come out of their slumber. Even the top wines are now ready, though of course there is no hurry.

Some of the best buys are not called Côtes-du-Rhône. Ventoux, Grignan-les-Adhémar and Costières de Nîmes are all on the periphery of the Rhône Valley. Do try them. All three, made by three of the top négoce houses, Jaboulet, Delas and Chapoutier, come from the superlative 2016 vintage – but be warned: they’re selling fast!

And there’s a new Society wine from the southern Rhône. It is called The Society’s French Syrah and reminds me what a good carafe red should be: quite full, round and sappy with just a touch of pepper.

Marcel Orford-Williams
2018

Marcel Orford-Williams

Marcel Orford-Williams
Buyer for Rhône

2018



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