Rhône: 2016 Vintage

With the 2016 vintage praised by critics, there’s perhaps never been a better time to enjoy this region’s wines. Certainly, the Rhône hasn’t witnessed a pair of stunning vintages like 2015 and 2016 for nearly three decades.

We’re nurturing old and forging new relationships to bring the best of southern France to you. When the wines are this splendid, they’re impossible to resist. Enjoy.


2016 Rhône Wines

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  • ready
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Red wines
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£23.50
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£141.00
Alain Voge
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£11.50
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£69.00
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£40.00
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£240.00
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£26.00
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£156.00
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£21.00
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£126.00
Bernard Burgaud
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£28.00
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£168.00
Cave Rousset
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£11.50
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£69.00
Caves Yves Cuilleron
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£23.00
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£138.00
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£31.00
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£186.00
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£15.00
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£90.00
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£37.00
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£222.00
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£31.00
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£186.00
White wines
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£29.00
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£174.00
Sweet white wines
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12 available
£31.00
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2 available
£186.00
Château d'Esclans
Rosé wines
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£58.00
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£348.00
Domaine Bernard Faurie
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£52.00
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£312.00
Domaine Bois de Boursan
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£35.00
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£210.00
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£19.00
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£114.00
Domaine Clusel-Roch
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£31.00
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£186.00
Domaine Courbis
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£24.00
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£144.00
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£37.00
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£222.00
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£19.50
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£117.00
Domaine de La Bouïssière
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£17.00
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£102.00
Domaine des Pierres Seches
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£15.00
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£90.00
Domaine du Cayron
Red wines
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£39.00
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£234.00
Domaine du Clos des Papes
White wines
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£39.00
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£234.00
Domaine du Colombier
Red wines
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£40.00
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£240.00
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£16.50
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£99.00
White wines
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£17.50
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£105.00
Domaine du Gros' Noré
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£38.00
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£228.00
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£20.00
Case, 6 Bottles
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£120.00
Magnum
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8 available
£43.00
Case, 6 Magnums
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1 available
£258.00
Rosé wines
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£14.50
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£87.00
Domaine du Tunnel
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£29.50
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£177.00
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£20.00
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£120.00
White wines
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£20.50
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£123.00
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£20.00
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£120.00
Domaine Durban
Sweet white wines
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£7.50
Case, 24 Halves
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£180.00
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£12.00
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£144.00
Domaine François Villard
White wines
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£31.00
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£186.00
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£28.50
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£171.00
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£26.00
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£156.00
Domaine Gaillard
Red wines
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2 available
£72.00
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1 available
£345.00
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1 available
£345.00
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1 available
£330.00
Case, 6 Bottles
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1 available
£330.00
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£330.00
Case, 6 Bottles
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£330.00
Domaine Garon
Red wines
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£25.00
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£150.00
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£70.00
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£420.00
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£27.50
Case, 6 Bottles
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£165.00
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14 available
£45.00
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2 available
£270.00
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  • young
  • ready
  • mature

Northern Rhône Producers

It’s hard to fathom that any wine at all is produced in the Northern Rhône. Plots are tiny, sometimes on such steep slopes that neither horse nor tractor can help. Most domaines are just a hectare or two. The majority are family-run. Poor granite soil quivers under the constant threat of erosion. The climate is marginal, with cold winters and short, hot summers. Southern exposure (and protection from cold north winds) is not just important, but imperative.

Southern Rhône Producers

2016 was the year the south sang. The wines demonstrate all the region’s beloved ripeness, with elegance and balance that can often elude producers. Indeed, many winemakers we work with claimed they hadn’t had such a vintage since 1990. Or even earlier! With quality through the roof, and plenty of wine to go round, it’s a happy time to love these wines.

Southern French Producers

Whether Mourvèdre from Bandol, or white blends from Roussillon, these are some of the great wines of France, available at outstanding prices.

Vintage Report

By Robbie Toothill | Buyer
Feb 2018

2016 Rhône: Vintage Overview

It can be tough to follow greatness. Just ask George Lazenby, who followed Sean Connery as James Bond; or Andy Robinson, successor to Sir Clive Woodward as England Rugby coach. Imagine my thrill to taste the 2016 wines of the Rhône, which continue the greatness of 2015 with aplomb, perhaps even surpassing their predecessor. I spent a week in the Rhône valley in November, and was consistently wowed by the sheer balance of these wines. With dancing freshness, silky tannins, and pure fruit, they’re some of the most complete examples you will find anywhere.

The North: elegance follows power

Just as 1991’s elegance was overshadowed by 1990’s power, before proving even more exciting, so 2016 in the north may end up the biggest secret.

The wines are perhaps not as powerful as in 2015, but what they lack in concentration, they make up for in finesse: this is a vintage for true Syrah lovers.

It is also a vintage growers love, evidenced by the prevalence of top cuvées made this year throughout the valley.

Notably, in Hermitage, quantities were decimated by hail early in the season. But what remains is brilliant. Secure whatever you can find from this much-hailed hill.

The South: simply outstanding

“It was like harvesting blockbuster grapes from the sofa.” So proclaimed Lucien Barrot of Domaine la Barroche, exalting the quality of the harvest in the Southern Rhône in 2016.

Here has seen one of the greatest vintages in decades. Indeed, 1990 was the comparison that I kept hearing, in cellar after cellar.

The Châteauneufs are powerful but retain the energy and acidity necessary in this part of the world. Appellations such as Gigondas and Vacqueyras, meanwhile, have performed brilliantly, with the added altitude bringing even more vivacity to the wines.

In 2016, I suggest you grab hold of all the wines from the south that you can. From Côtes du Rhône to single vineyard top cuvées, you won’t be disappointed.

The Whites: the hidden gems

The best surprise has been the quality of the white wines, from both north and south.

They carry freshness beautifully, with clean, precise fruit and minerality shining through. Many will be delicious in their youth, with the concentration and energy to age gracefully.

If the Rhône valley is all about reds for you, it’s time to be surprised.