Steven Spurrier's top wines to put in the cellar

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Steven Spurrier to the cellar 2013, François Villard’s Grands Vallons Condrieu

2011 Rhônes

The Rhône’s 2011 vintage is the third very good one since the robust 2009 and elegant 2010; beautifully balanced with a good future. Two whites for drinking from 2013 to 2015: François Villard’s Grands Vallons, Condrieu (£265) had ripeness with a mineral edge; and Domaine de Marcoux’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£280), lighter and more floral than usual with great depth. Two reds from the north, 2014–2020: Pierre Gaillard’s Clos de Cuminaille, St-Joseph (£150), rich, even creamy fruit with finesse; and François Villard’s Seul en Scène (£220), concentrated and velvety, superbly vibrant and expressive. Four from the south, 2018–2020: Denis Alary’s Cairanne, Font d’Estevenas (£92), rich garrigue fruit in Châteauneuf style; Domaine de la Mordorée’s La Reine des Bois, Lirac (£136), impressive fruit, will gain in finesse; Domaine Santa Duc’s Prestige des Hautes Garrigues, Gigondas (£250), 15% old Mourvèdre gives grip for a great future; Clos de Caillou’s Châteauneuf-du- Pape (£390), rich Grenache fruit from 55-year-old vines. Prices in bond from H2Vin

Taken from the March 2013 issue of Decanter magazine