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2017 Rhône

Southern Rhône whites

2017 produced broad, full-flavoured whites (which reminded me of the 2015s) and is a bit of a paradise vintage for lovers of traditional, creamy-textured wines.

10 Products Listed
Product Name Code Bottles Price Type
RH53111

Cairanne Blanc, Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint Martin 2017

This satisfyingly rich and full-flavoured white is made from the clairette grape with roussanne and grenache in support. Despite its weight, there is no lack of tension on the palate. Drink from 2019 to 2024. 13.5%

RH53111 Bottles6 Price£49.00 Type
RH51411

Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2017

This is made from equal thirds of viognier (for apricotty, peachy flavour), marsanne (for structure) and bourboulenc (for food-friendly ‘grip’ on the palate), combining to give a lovely, rich-tasting, creamy Coudoulet vintage. Drink from 2019 to 2023. 13.5%

RH51411 Bottles6 Price£85.00 Type
FC36331

Collioure Blanc, Adéodat, Domaine Augustin 2017

After years of learning in Burgundy and then at Ollieux-Romanis in the Corbières, Augustin Parcé, son of Marc, decided to create his own estate. Made from grenache blanc and gris, this is ripe, full-flavoured and very attractive indeed. Drink from 2019 to 2026. 14.5%

FC36331 Bottles6 Price£107.00 Type
FC36151

Domaine Gauby Vieilles Vignes Blanc, Côtes Catalanes 2017

This macabeu-grenache blend might come from the top estate in the Roussillon, but in 2017 it tastes more like a Loire or Chablis white, such is the steely tension, with notes of wet stone, herbs and citrus. Drink from 2019 to 2027. 13%

FC36151 Bottles6 Price£130.00 Type
FC35501

Collioure Blanc 'Chrysopée, Chapoutier 2017

This comes from a small plot of 60-year-old grenache blanc and gris grown on schists near the border with Spain. Utterly gorgeous flavours of crushed ripe pear and apricot, with plenty of grip on the palate too. Drink from 2019 to 2024. 13.5%

FC35501 Bottles6 Price£170.00 Type
RH51621

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2017

Full, lemony, dry and yet rounded. Based on 45% clairette with grenache, roussanne and bourboulenc in support, the 2017 Vieux Télégraphe stands out for its sense of elegance. Drink from 2019 to 2027. 14%

RH51621 Bottles6 Price£200.00 Type
RH51391

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Château de Beaucastel 2017

A very fine and, as ever, multi dimensional white Beaucastel, marked by the ripe 2017 vintage’s fullness of flavour and richness. The blend is 80% roussanne, 15% grenache and 5% of everything else! Drink from 2019 to 2025. 13.5%

RH51391 Bottles6 Price£250.00 Type
RH51401

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel 2017

Beaucastel’s decadent 100% roussanne cuvée is one of the great food wines, whose greatness only reveals itself after years in bottle. Drink from 2019 to 2028. 14%

RH51401 Bottles3 Price£250.00 Type
RH51581

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos des Papes 2017

All six white Châteauneuf varieties are used by Vincent Avril, but in 2017 there was more picpoul and bouboulenc to bring more freshness to the blend. There is plenty of weight nonetheless and while pear and aniseed dominate now, this will turn towards lime and honey flavours as it matures and gains in complexity. Drink from 2019 to 2025. 14%

RH51581 Bottles6 Price£265.00 Type
RH53121

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Nalys Blanc, Guigal 2017

The biggest news coming out of the Rhône has been Guigal buying the Nalys estate in Châteauneuf, and then pinching the talented Jacques Desvernois from Jaboulet to manage it. The maiden 2017 vintage sees roussanne ascendant in this saline, rich and long-flavoured blend. Drink from 2019 to 2027. 14.5%

RH53121 Bottles6 Price£290.00 Type
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