Today marks the publication of my top 300 Rhône wines of the 2016 vintage! Having whittled down my selection from nearly 1,500 wines tasted, it’s my most in-depth report to date and will be published this year by Decanter magazine. And what a vintage it is… Clearly one of the best years of the past few decades in the South; not as concentrated in the North, but beautifully fresh, drinkable and balanced. As usual, I’ve made a selection of the most notable wines of the vintage, across a range of styles, appellations and price levels (starting from under £10 per bottle – there is still amazing value to be found in the Rhône). It’s all available in Decanter Premium (£10 for a month’s pass; £75 for a year). It will also be published in the magazine in early 2018 in two parts, Southern Rhône and Northern Rhône.
In the meantime, here are two tasting articles on some top white Rhônes tasted blind for Decanter over the past few months. Enjoy!
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Matt Walls first got into wine working in an off-licence in Brighton. He has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends half his time writing about wine and the other half collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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Buy this nowChâteau de Montfaucon Lirac ‘Baron Louis’ 2012
Lirac is just over the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape but it’s relatively little known – and that means relatively cheap. The style isn’t as plush and comfortable as Châteauneuf, it’s more tailored and tucked-in, and this is a really good example made from one of the best estates. It’s fairly discrete in aroma, with some black olive and leather. Savoury, harmonious, full-bodied but understated, don't expect fireworks, just an expertly made wine crafted with love and attention to detail. Seriously good value at £13.50 a bottle at The Wine Society, it would be worth buying even at £20 (click through).
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