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Rhone
24 June 2016

Rhone 2015 | Bringing Sexy Back

I’ve just been out to the Rhone to catch a sneaky peek at the highly anticipated 2015 vintage. I can confirm that things are looking good. Bombastic fruit, velvet tannins, electric freshness and best of all, there is plenty of it – yields are at a normal/good level for the first time in years. Producers had very little to report in terms of problems, the grapes had been healthy, harvest conditions were ideal. It was undoubtedly a hot year, but the nights were cool, bringing balance. This heat in the north was quite welcome, bringing levels of concentration not seen since 2009/2010, but many growers think that 2015 exceeds even the stellar 2010 in quality (some said it was the best they had ever seen, in fact).
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Rhone Vineyard
Rhone
01 July 2015

Rhone 2013

Our first Rhone 2013s have started to arrive in bond – these Cotes du Rhones Villages, Crozes Hermitages, St Perays and more are perfect for drinking now and many are immediately available. The more serious and age-worthy wines will start to arrive in the Autumn.
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Clos des Papes
Rhone
11 June 2015

Guided tasting from Vincent Avril of Clos des Papes

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Vincent Avril, current proprietor of the illustrious family owned Chateauneuf property Clos des Papes. The estate hardly needs much introduction, with a deserving reputation built on the focus of each generation in producing the best single expression of the multitude of terroirs under their stewardship. Indeed Vincent is right in stressing the importance of the scattered nature of their vineyard holdings. These allow him access to the fruit of twenty-four distinct plots; each with their own character from their particular cocktail of galet stones, gravel, sand, clay and limestone.
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Rhone
27 April 2015

Saint Cosme: 2013s

Newly released Rhone 2013s. Madeline Mehalko – Senior Buyer – shares the excitement of these archetypal Gigondas from Chateau Saint Cosme. One of our favourite Rhone producers.
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Tavel (2)
Rhone
24 February 2015

Tavel Rosé

The darker pink wines from Tavel in the Rhone may not be as well known as the pale pink wines from Provence, but they make a versatile wine between the seasons, as Madeleine Mehalko explains. 
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