Rhône 2016: a tale of two terroirs

The 2016 vintage has already been much lauded as a truly standout year for the region. In the North the wines are classical, concise, and pure. In the South, they have dazzled all round. Here, Simon Field MW reports his findings It would be somewhat simplistic, but not wholly inappropriate, to cut France in two […]

Pineau d’Aunis: the original Claret?

Featured in one of this month’s Wine Club cases, Pineau d’Aunis is a little-known grape from the Loire – producing bright, spicy reds. Here, our Buyer for the region, Simon Field MW, shares a little more about this intriguing variety Whimsy is essential in the wine trade, made possible because – behind the facts, the […]

Running around the Rhône: 2016 and ’17 updates

Simon Field MW reports back after a couple of weeks roaming the Rhône Valley, visiting our producers to taste the outstanding 2016 vintage, and explore 2017’s prospects Two weeks in the Rhône Valley towards the end of October can be symphonic in its autumnal livery, the balmy low Provençal sun-scapes dressing the vines in the […]

What to drink in 2017: Rhône

This week Buyer Simon Field MW takes the baton, with the next instalment of our series on what to drink this year, providing notes on the Rhône vintages to crack open in 2017 After the famous quartet of 1998 to 2001, Schubertian in its scope, there was a tendency to wonder if the Rhône could even […]