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, Francois Villard Les Terrasses du Palat
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François Villard, Les Terrasses du Palat

François Villard, Les Terrasses du Palat
Waxy, big frame bouquet, hints of crushed rocks. High-octane, tight-knit, compact. Interesting potential. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £21.80–£22.50(ib) Lay & Wheeler, Swig, Top Selection
Drink 2014–2024
Alc 13%

rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Clusel Roch
rhone, northern rhone 2011, André Perret Chéry
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Francois Villard Les Terrasses du Palat
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Remi and Robert Niero Les Ravines
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Andre Perret Les Grisieres