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Rhône Valley

The Rhône is a diverse and ancient vineyard. The valley divides between the timeless Syrah focused styles of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage in the north and the Grenache based blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the south. Though rare, the Rhône’s whites wines are perfumed, textured and gastronomic. Bold and fruit driven in their youth, developing a broad spectrum of savoury, earthy and exotic spices as they age, the longevity and drinkability of Rhône wines throughout their evolution make them a sensible and immensely enjoyable purchase.

With regular and growing praise from the world’s leading critics and a spate of great vintages, the top wines are of excellent quality and in high demand. Without a defined cru system the Rhône may be a difficult region to navigate, so Le Clos has chosen a small selection of wines whose scarcity and reputation make them best suited to buying “En primeur”, at the best possible price, before they have been snapped up.

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Rhône Valley 2019

“An uncanny blend of depth and vivacity” - J. Renolds Vinous.com

Like 2018, 2019’s warm growing season enabled a relatively early harvest, beginning in the last week of August for the ripest parcels

The water stress of 2019 was higher than the previous year, creating greater hydric stress. Consequently, and paradoxically, despite the intensity of the early summer heat, 2019 reveals a fresher side, especially noticeable in the reds. The 2019 whites will show fantastic freshness and elegance. Unprepared growers were caught harvesting wines at 16% alcohol, but the top producers captured a balance of both physiological fruit ripeness and freshness. Many winemakers chose a more delicate approach to extraction in order to look for balance instead of the opulent power of 2018. In the south Grenache faired very well in 2019 making finer and more delicate expressions than the high temperatures suggest, and it was helped by lower disease pressure.

Producers must be chosen carefully, but the best 2019s have the broad rich fruit profiles and dynamic freshness needed to be immensely enjoyable after just a few years as well as over several decades.


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Rhône Valley 2019

“An uncanny blend of depth and vivacity” - J. Renolds Vinous.com

Like 2018, 2019’s warm growing season enabled a relatively early harvest, beginning in the last week of August for the ripest parcels

The water stress of 2019 was higher than the previous year, creating greater hydric stress. Consequently, and paradoxically, despite the intensity of the early summer heat, 2019 reveals a fresher side, especially noticeable in the reds. The 2019 whites will show fantastic freshness and elegance. Unprepared growers were caught harvesting wines at 16% alcohol, but the top producers captured a balance of both physiological fruit ripeness and freshness. Many winemakers chose a more delicate approach to extraction in order to look for balance instead of the opulent power of 2018. In the south Grenache faired very well in 2019 making finer and more delicate expressions than the high temperatures suggest, and it was helped by lower disease pressure.

Producers must be chosen carefully, but the best 2019s have the broad rich fruit profiles and dynamic freshness needed to be immensely enjoyable after just a few years as well as over several decades.


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