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”.
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Jeb Dunnuck on the 2013 vintage
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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