Wednesday night was our annual Rhone tasting. This tasting is always a real pleasure, thanks not only to wines that constitute a super tasting experience, but also thanks to the conviviality, openness and bon viveur of the producers of the Rhone. Over the past few weeks, cardboard boxes full of all the delights of spring (well, delights of the Rhone at least) have been arriving at the office. With every opened box came more and more eager anticipation of the 2013s; anticipation that, it turned out, was well deserved.
Rather than relying exclusively on a rambling account from me of what was undoubtedly a great tasting, I asked a few members of our sales team for their highlights of this surprising, and delicious, vintage.
From the South: Château de Beaucastel – intense with superb purity and length, it really transcends the vintage.
From the North: Voge’s Cornas Vieilles Vignes – the addition of the Vieilles Fontaines fruit added extra depth and power, and the structure is just pitch-perfect.
White: Villard’s Condrieu DePoncins – Rounded and peachy as Condrieu should be, but with oodles of savoury and spicy complexity. £156/6 IB
I’ll be buying a case of 2012 Vieille Julienne CdR Clavin…
From the 2013s I was hugely impressed with Ogier’s La Rosine… a lot of wine for the money
Domaine du Tunnel, Cuvée Prestige – a new wine and a new producer for Lay & Wheeler, this is incredibly elegant and demonstrates wonderfully what a great vintage this is for whites. As with so much of the Rhone, this is incredible value for money! £99/6 IB
Two vintages of Rocoules from Marc Sorrel: 2013 and 2009 – both hugely impressive on the night
For what it’s worth, my highlights are pretty Rostaing heavy. Not only do his wines in 2013 show marvelously, but the man himself is a delight to chatwith (and will no doubt be the subject of a further blog post).
If you would like to buy any of these wines please visitwww.laywheeler.com/rhone. We will be holding a tasting of Italian wines on Wednesday 22nd April – keep an eye out for further details!
Published on 27/02/2015