Top Northern Rhônes 2011

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This cooler vintage is a marked contrast to the previous two powerhouse years, giving wines of real charm, freshness and balance, from versatile whites to approachable, fruity reds. John Livingstone Learmonth selects his top picks (wines are listed in commune order, north to south)
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rhone, northern rhone 2011, Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules Blanc
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Hermitage

Marc Sorrel, Les Rocoules Blanc

Hermitage

Marc Sorrel, Les Rocoules Blanc
Rich, mixed fruit-honey, vanilla nose. True glycerol richness, reflects its 80-year Marsanne, more poised than in some years. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £57.50–£79.28(ib) Justerini & Brooks, Lay & Wheeler
Drink 2014–2029
Alc 13%

rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Jean Louis Chave
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Durand Les Coteaux
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules Blanc
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Bernard Faurie
rhone, northern rhone 2011, M Chapoutier L'Ermite