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Vintage Overview

A truly unique year in the Rhone valley, 2013 has produced transparent wines of impeccable balance that are, first and foremost, incredibly enjoyable to drink.

The white wines have great texture and tension, this is certainly one of the finest vintages for whites that I have tasted in the Rhone. The reds, meanwhile, have impressive freshness and purity; from both north and south they aren’t massively concentrated, overly alcoholic wines, but are, I must admit, rather more to my own taste. Laurence Feraud of Domaine Pegau explains the wines as ‘like a 1980s vintage made in the modern day, where fruit outweighs potency.’ My biggest fear for this vintage is that it could easily be overlooked. In fact, its delicious wines need the attention of any Rhone drinker, and, indeed, of anyone new to the wines of the Rhone.

Nick Dagley, Buyer

Northern Rhone › View the wines
Unusually almost all the red grapes were picked in October as cool nights preserved acidity and thickened skins. Good Syrah from this part of the world is as much about the unique aromatics as how the wine tastes, and the 2013s have wonderful fragrance. Great vintages combine this with mid-palate flesh and the depth to age and evolve over many years. Whilst I do not believe the 2013s to be sufficiently endowed for the very long haul, they have much better texture and more structure than 2008s.

“these wines will never offer the upfront decadence of a 2009 or 2010, nevertheless, I think there are profound wines hidden in the vintage that will handsomely reward cellar time”.

Jeb Dunnuck on the 2013 vintage

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Southern Rhone › View the wines
With few wines anywhere near 15% alcohol, and both vineyard and winemaking shining brightly, these are elegant wines that really suit my personal taste. The story in the south was the lack of Grenache, meaning that many domains decided not to produce their top cuvées, whilst for others the final blends are atypical. This has led to some highly individual wines of relatively low alcohol; full of raspberry and white pepper flavours, they have just a hint of the great 2010 vintage about them. Of the appellations, Gigondas was particularly successful, producing compact, stylish wines that reflect the varied terroir of this great village.

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