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2017 Rhône

The right Bank including Lirac and Laudun

An Aladdin’s Cave of wines with both matter and elegance; sometimes close to Châteauneuf in style, but often at a fraction of the price.

13 Products Listed
Product Name Code Bottles Price Type
RH52331

Laudun Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Château Courac 2017

A dark and richly flavoured 2017 that is full of promise. The husband-and-wife team behind it manage their estate with great flair and make this without oak; just lashings of sun-ripened fruit. A lovely blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah and the rest mourvèdre and counoise that will offer great drinking for about ten years (the 2007, for example, is perfect now). Drink from 2020 to 2029. 14%

RH52331 Bottles12 Price£59.00 Type
RH52361

Saint Gervais Côtes-du-Rhône Villages les Mourillons, Domaine Sainte-Anne 2017

Glorious, very full-bodied and rich, this blackstrap, sinewy syrah is a great option for medium-term keeping.Drink from 2022 to 2032. 13.5%

RH52361 Bottles6 Price£65.00 Type
RH52401

Vinsobres Altitude 420, Domaine Jaume 2017

Full, dark-berry fruit and spice, made with little oak. As the name suggests, the grapes – 60% grenache and 40% syrah – are planted at altitude and so keep their freshness, even in a vintage like 2017. Drink from 2020 to 2028. 14% Magnums (RH52404 @ £75 per six) and halves (RH52402 @ £41 per dozen) available.

RH52401 Bottles12 Price£65.00 Type
RH52411

Valréas Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Val des Rois 2017

A full and figgy, spicy and thickly textured 2017 with a long finish. Emmanuel Bouchard farms on mostly north-facing slopes overlooking the bustling town of Valréas. Drink from 2020 to 2028. 14%

RH52411 Bottles12 Price£72.00 Type
RH52441

Saint-Maurice Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge de Rouville, Domaine de l'Echevin 2017

The little-known Saint-Maurice is next to Vinsobres. Very few independent producers are here, but Adrien Fabre represents a glorious exception and made an outstanding syrah-dominant 2017. Raised in a mixture of foudres and large barrels, this is dark, full and spicy. Drink from 2021 to 2030. 14%

RH52441 Bottles12 Price£75.00 Type
RH52421

Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur, Sélection Jean-Louis Chave 2017

The origins for this wine are Rasteau, Cairanne, Visan and, above all, Vinsobres, which Jean-Louis Chave sees as having such great potential and which delivered so much in 2017. Outstanding. Drink from 2020 to 2029. 14%

RH52421 Bottles12 Price£80.00 Type
RH52351

Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Omar Khayyam, Mas du Libian 2017

A favourite estate, close to the end of the Gorges de l’Ardèche, this is a wonderful fruit bomb, rich and succulent. All the hard work is done in the vines, some of it by Nestor the shire horse! Drink from 2020 to 2027. 14.5%

RH52351 Bottles12 Price£85.00 Type
RH52381

Lirac, Château Mont-Redon 2017

Lirac is just across the Rhône from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is geologically similar. Lirac prices though are not at all the same, and the wines are a bargain! Pierre Fabre at Châteauneuf’s Mont-Redon makes this Lirac from 70% grenache and 30% syrah, in an easy, friendly style for relatively early drinking. Ripe, full and well balanced. Drink from 2020 to 2027. 14.5%

RH52381 Bottles12 Price£92.00 Type
RH52431

Vinsobres Cuvée Référence, Domaine Jaume 2017

A barrel-aged multidimensional Vinsobres made from the best grapes from the middle part of the slope. The blend is mostly syrah but with grenache adding weight and mourvèdre bringing spice and complexity to this bright, juicy, concentrated and full-flavoured wine, finishing with great length. Drink from 2022 to 2032. 14%

RH52431 Bottles12 Price£92.00 Type
RH52341

Saint-Gervais Les Rouvières Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Domaine Sainte Anne 2017

One of the bargains of the Rhône Valley. This estate was among the first to plant the mourvèdre grape successfully, and it was outstanding in 2017, contributing 70% of the blend. Modestly priced yet capable of achieving great complexity with age. Drink from 2022 to 2032. 14%

RH52341 Bottles12 Price£110.00 Type
RH51351

Vinsobres Haut de Julien, Perrin 2017

The Perrins began investing in Vinsobres even before the region became recognised with ‘cru’ status, and have built up what is now the largest estate here. Their top wine is an oak-aged 50:50 blend of grenache and syrah, and it will keep and develop well over the next 15 years, offering a great deal of pleasure. Drink from 2021 to 2033. 14%

RH51351 Bottles6 Price£112.00 Type
RH52371

Massif d'Uchaux Vieilles Vignes, Château Saint-Estève 2017

The top wine from this important estate is a blend of 50:50 grenache and syrah from vines with an average age of 45 years. A very polished and refined 2017 with great potential for ageing. Drink from 2022 to 2031. 14.5%

RH52371 Bottles12 Price£115.00 Type
RH52391

Lirac Nessun Dorma, Domaine Maby 2017

Richard Maby’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ cuvée is rich, soft and supple in 2017, making equal use of grenache and syrah in this 50:50 blend. Drink from 2020 to 2028. 14.5%

RH52391 Bottles12 Price£130.00 Type
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