LVT 2019 r 2019 wh 2018 rosé A southern Rhône merchant/négociant, which is also active in the northern Rhône. Recent owners of the renowned Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes estate at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Quality efforts were made from the late 1990s, with a special cuvée emphasis, involving older vine fruit and modern, oak-related winemaking. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Héritages red and the Clos de l'Oratoire red were both ****(*) wines in 2015, the former STGT, with lovely finesse, the latter quietly complex.
The main problem for the consumer is the proliferation of wine titles - at least five Côtes du Rhône reds, for example. A couple of noteworthy wines are the recently started Lirac blanc Lou Caminé, which gives stylish drinking, and the nicely accessible Plan de Dieu red which favours ease of drinking over outright power. The Côtes du Rhône Artesis blanc is also an attractive wine, **** in 2019.
The northern Rhône range is being gradually expanded, with a surge in 2015 due to the quality of the vintage; the 2015 Saint-Joseph Baligant was a ****(*) wine when tasted from cask at one year old, and the Crozes-Hermitage reds Héritages and Les Paillanches were both **** in 2017. Improvement was also noted in the Côte-Rôtie La Serine, for instance, a fruit-filled **** wine in 2016
Jean-Pierre Durand, winemaker Edouaud Guerin 10 avenue Louis Pasteur BP 75 84232 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tel: +33(0)490 39 32 32
Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Scandinavia 3) USA, Canada - 2009: 1) GB 2) Denmark 3) USA
Percentage Exported: 40%, from 65%
British Importers: Matthew Clark www.matthewclark.co.uk Morrisons Supermarkets Mistral Wines Ponton Road London SW8 5BL +44(0)207 627 8100
USA Importers: Vinum International 33 Harlow Ct Napa CA 94558 www.cannonwines.com firstname.lastname@example.org