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)
rhone, northern rhone 2011, M Chapoutier L'Ermite
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M Chapoutier L’Ermite (cask sample)
Attractively fruited nose; oak, leather hum along. Every piece of the puzzle has merit. Fleshy fruit, saline thread, violet trimming. 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Price £140–£162.28(ib) Fine & Rare, Harrods, Justerini & Brooks, Lay & Wheeler, Millésima
Drink 2018–2033
Alc 13%