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LVT 2019 wh 2019 r STGT domaine, where artistry rules, with commendable attention paid to precision from each plot. François Ribo is pictured. There is low sulphur use in the vinification, only a little applied at bottling. They are wines that benefit from decanting; all possess a relaxed charm. 

The whites are nicely traditional, with plenty of Roussanne used, and can be more striking than the reds. The very laissez-faire approach is probably better suited to white wine making. A lot of the wine is sold to the CHR trade in Paris, as well as Japan. The 2015s were very successful, and there are some rockabilly 2014s as well: St Jo Opateyres white, St Jo Pitrou white, Crozes-Hermitage Les Bâties red. A wine to note, with excellent freshness given the hot, dry summer, was the only occasionally made on its own 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Les Bâties blanc [1947-48 Marsanne]. Small amounts of sound Hermitage red and white are also made. For wines of character, more and more on the outside of this homogenised world, this is a great address

René-Jean Dard, François Ribo 480 chemin du Château Blanche-Laine 26600 Mercurol

Tel: +33(0)475 07 40 00

Countries exported to:1) Japan 2) Denmark 3) GB, Switzerland, Belgium 2009: 1) Japan 2) Belgium 3) Switzerland, also some Australia, China – mid-2000s was 1) Japan 2) Sw

Percentage Exported: 60%; 2009: 30-40%

British Importers: Les Caves de Pyrène Pew Corner Old Portsmouth Road Artington GU3 1LP +44(0)1483 538 820 www.lescaves.co.uk sales@lescaves.co.uk

USA Importers: Louis/Dressner Selections, Joe Dressner, New York, +1212 334 8191 info@louisdressner.com http://louisdressner.com William’s Corner Wines Charlottesville VA +1434 566 7079 www.williamscorner.com