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THE SPARTAN WINTER MAJESTY OF THE LOW REACHES OF LES BESSARDS, HERMITAGE, WITH 1970 SYRAH ON LES PLANTIERS IN THE FOREGROUND

WINTER ON THE GRANITE AT HERMITAGE

FEBRUARY 2015

2013 is a West End vintage at Hermitage, where the Big Three climats or sites have all excelled – Les Bessards with its crunchy, fine grain, rocky qualities from the hard granite; Le Méal, ripe and measured; L’Hermite, intricate, complex

2013 Hermitage is a very, very good vintage; with crop levels low, the wines are emerging as excellent when drawn from the main westerly sites. There is a little more depth than in 2012. A full report has been listed under 2013 NORTHERN RHÔNE, subtab THE LEADING WINES.

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2015 DIARY DATES

DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE MARCH 2015 2 MARCH TO 5 MARCH 2015 is DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE. The format has changed once more, meaning that tasters will now go to the vineyards rather than stay in . . . . .

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SUMMER FESTIVALS

As the summer develops, so the rhythm of events ups its tempo. A recent addition is the SALON DES VINS UN QUATUOR DE VILLAGES which takes place on THURSDAY and FRIDAY 17-18 JULY this year. It . . . . .

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FROM CROZES TO CORNAS, VIA ANJOU

2012 CROZES-HERMITAGE RED: the review of this vintage has been posted under 2012 NORTHERN RHÔNE, THE LEADING WINES. The vintage there is full of fruit and fun in the best examples, with a good showing from . . . . .

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