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2017 Rhône

Languedoc and Roussillon Reds

A fine vintage here, with perfect scores for carignan and syrah-based wines.

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Product Name Code Bottles Price Type
FC36201

Faugères Maison Jaune, Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier 2017

Now Domaine Bardi-d’Alquier, rather than Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier, the change of name reflecting a gradual change in ownership. The 2017s from this estate are excellent. This one – a grenache-dominated blend with syrah in support, and aged in used barrels – offers dark, stony, gravelly flavour with great length on the finish. Drink from 2020 to 2028. 14%

FC36201 Bottles6 Price£70.00 Type
FC36181

Corbières-Boutenac Atal Sia, Château Ollieux-Romanis 2017

Particularly rich in 2017, this carignan-dominated blend, aged in tank rather than barrel, is a standout Languedoc red. Black and fruity with notes of blueberry and wet stone. Drink from 2021 to 2028. 14%

FC36181 Bottles6 Price£75.00 Type
FC36231

Pic Saint Loup, Côteaux du Languedoc T'em T'em, Château de Valflaunes 2017

This is not the best-known Pic Saint-loup estate and Fabien Reboul remains very modest about his talents. It is also quite small. For me, though, Fabien makes some of the loveliest wines around, which are a pleasure to drink. This is syrah-dominated, dark and concentrated with a well-judged balance of fruit and oak flavours. Drink from 2021 to 2028. 14.5%

FC36231 Bottles6 Price£75.00 Type
FC36191

Languedoc-Montpeyroux Bleu Velours, Domaine La Jasse Castel 2017

A highly accompished, dark and fruit-driven wine with complexity and minerality. Wonder-woman Pascale Rivière does pretty much everything herself on her estate and this is one of her best wines. In terms of grapes, there’s a little bit of everything here, including carignan and cinsault. Drink from 2022 to 2028. 14.5%

FC36191 Bottles6 Price£77.00 Type
FC36211

Minervois La Livinière Grand Vin, Château Sainte-Eulalie 2017

Dominated by ripe syrah, with very old carignan (planted in 1910) accounting for a third and grenache (planted in 1940) around 15%. The idea for this top wine is to show the potential of the Minervois region at its purest, without any oak to mask the fruit, and the 2017 is dark and full of promise. Drink from 2021 to 2030. 14%

FC36211 Bottles6 Price£82.00 Type
FC36221

Corbières Cuvée Or, Château Ollieux-Romanis 2017

A wine of great weight, concentration and richness. Raised in barrel, it offers succulent, creamy and full of sun-drenched fruit in 2017. Drink from 2021 to 2028. 14.5%

FC36221 Bottles6 Price£82.00 Type
FC36251

Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian, Côteaux du Languedoc Rouge 2017

One of the great wines of the Languedoc. A small vintage, but one of great quality. Châteauneuf-like in style, underpinned by the quality of the both syrah and mourvèdre. Rich and refined. Drink from 2023 to 2032. 14% Magnums (FC36254 @ £187 per six) available.

FC36251 Bottles6 Price£92.00 Type
FC36241

Faugères Les Bastides, Domaine Jean-Michel Alquier 2017

This dark, brooding blend is dominated by fruit from old syrah vines and the elévage includes a higher proportion of new oak barrels. Full of ripe, figgy, tarry fruit. Drink from 2023 to 2032. 14.5%

FC36241 Bottles6 Price£97.00 Type
FC36261

Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Gauby 2017

Gérard and Ghislaine Gauby maintain their mission to produce genuinely fine wines from the deep south. Their terroir is exceptional, as is their vinestock, which includes 125-year-old carignan. Neither fined nor filtered, their 2017, showing the ripeness of the vintage, is quite full, with great purity of fruit. Drink from 2021 to 2031. 13%

FC36261 Bottles6 Price£130.00 Type
FC36271

Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Muntada, Domaine Gauby 2017

A concentrated, black and intense wine. Ancient carignan still makes up the heart of the blend and the wine undergoes along élevage in large foudres of Austrian oak. Sumptuous. Drink from 2023 to 2035. 13.5%

FC36271 Bottles6 Price£305.00 Type
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