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, Domaine Belle Louis Belle
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Domaine Belle, Louis Belle

Domaine Belle, Louis Belle
Wide, darkly fruited, oak-emphasised nose. Well-filled, fleshy, prolonged palate, good pedigree Crozes for fine dining. 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Price £20.99 (2009) Les Caves de Pyrène
Drink 2015–2024
Alc 13%

rhone, northern rhone 2011, M Chapoutier L'Ermite
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Combier Clos des Grives
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Belle Louis Belle
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine du Colombier Cuvee Gaby
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Fayolle Fils and Fille Les Cornirets