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 Jean Louis Chave
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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
Classy St-Joseph – allows the granite terroir to speak clearly. Has a ripe fruit body. Long and deep. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £25 (2010, ib) Yapp Bros
Drink 2017–2030
Alc 13%

rhone, northern rhone 2011, Delas St Epine
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Courbis Les Royes
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Jean Louis Chave
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Domaine Durand Les Coteaux
rhone, northern rhone 2011, Marc Sorrel Les Rocoules Blanc