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)
Domaine Courbis, Les Royes Fruit and depth on nose. Modern, very calm, classy St-Joseph, clear sweep of fruit, is long, too. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts) Price £25.46 (2009) Hallgarten Druitt Drink 2014–2022 Alc 13%
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