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 Clusel Roch
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Domaine Clusel Roch

Domaine Clusel Roch
Selected on value grounds over the more classy but 90% dearer Grandes Places 2011. Authentic terroir wine, full-on, manly, has life and depth. Combines freedom and force. 16.5pts/20 (88/100pts)
Price £20–£31.78(ib) Goedhuis, Justerini & Brooks
Drink 2015–2026
Alc 13%

rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Jamet Côte Rôtie
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Duclaux Maison Rouge
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Clusel Roch
rhone, northern rhone 2011, André Perret Chéry
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Francois Villard Les Terrasses du Palat