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LVT 2018 r 2019 wh 2018 rosé La Chatillonne is one of the great Côte-Rôties, combining Rhône depth with a floral, floating elegance. The rest of the line-up, for many years been composed of worthy merchant wines, is getting a right old shake-up, and has been improving fast from the 2008 vintage onwards. Vidal-Fleury has been owned by Guigal for some time now, and from 2008, the Big Push has been for a series of more fruited, fresher wines raised in their state of the art premises at the southern end of the Côte-Rôtie vineyards. This will allow just one bottling run for some of the large volume wines such as the Crozes red and the Côtes du Rhône red (which performed very well in 2013). It will also allow more precise wood ageing – the duration in the old large barrels is gradually coming down – thankfully – and younger, smaller casks are being introduced.

In the North, progress was noted with the 2016 Saint-Joseph red, which was a **** w.o.w. wine. The 2018 Saint-Joseph white was a good **** wine, rich, well made, with a nice style. In the South, one immediate result of this was the improved 2016 Gigondas red, a modern, easy to drink **** wine, bottled before the autumn of 2017, while the 2017 was also a **** gourmand style of wine. The Ventoux red is a good performer at a sound price level, and note the Vacqueyras red as well.

Guy Sarton du Jonchay RN 86 69420 Tupin et Semons

Tel: +33(0)474 56 10 18



Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Norway 3) Denmark, GB, Sweden, also Canada, China

Percentage Exported: 65%

British Importers: Louis Latour Agencies, PO Box 4286, London W1A 7WL, +44(0)207 409 7276, enquiries@louislatour.co.uk www.louislatour.co.uk

USA Importers: Deutsch Family Wines Inc 709 Westchester Ave White Plains NY 10604, +1 914 510 1141 info@deutschfamily.com www.deutschfamily.com