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FRANÇOIS VILLARD

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh Formerly the home of ample, plush Condrieu, with a policy of late picking and noble rot that were directly aimed to accentuate that appeal, and also hide the youth of the vine fruit. "My wines are calmer, like me!", claimed François in late 2009. The wines have immediate flair and lots of life in them. The winemaking is modern, with new oak a constant feature. Villard has been restraining himself on the cellar techniques in the last three or four vintages, and the wines sit more comfortably in the glass as a result.

However, I have been disappointed by what I term his New Wave tendency with his whites - these can lack the gras and stuffing of which they are capable; the three Condrieu 2014s were undeniably light, and therefore bad value for money. The 2015 Terrasses du Palat and Grand Vallon were aided by the inner strength of the vintage, coming in as **** wines. And Frankie played 2015 correctly at Saint-Joseph with his whites - both were full-bodied, the Fruit d'Avilleran a ****(*) wine that achieved strength and freshness. Perhaps all is not lost, though there were more signs of New Wave in 2017 via wines with very quiet attacks. The 2017 Deponcins Viognier Vin de France stood out as a **** wine on price-quality terms, by the way.

The Côte-Rôtie La Brocarde is becoming a wine of serious stature. The Saint-Josephs are consistent, sound wines - the Reflet red with its oak needs laying down for four years or so, and the 2017 was an impressive ****(*) wine. Villard is one of the four growers running the Vins de Vienne négociant business and the Seyssuel vineyards that produce Sotanum and Taburnum vins de pays. He has half a hectare of his own Seyssuel Syrah, giving the Seul en Scène red wine.

330 route du reseau Ange 42410 St-Michel-sur-Rhône

Tel: +33(0)474 56 83 60

http://www.domainevillard.com

vinsvillard@wanadoo.fr

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Japan 4) Hong kong 5) Belgium - before was 1) GB 2) USA 3) Japan

Percentage Exported: 30%, down from 40%

British Importers: Justerini & Brooks aka J&B, 61 St James`s Street, London SW1A 1LZ, +44(0)207 484 6400, www.justerinis.com H&H Bancroft, 29 Mill St, London SE1 2BQ, +44(0)207 232 5440 www.bancroftwines.com H2Vin Ltd 22 Melton Road Whissendine Rutland LE15 7EU +441737 355 765 www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk The Wine Society Stevenage SG1 2BT +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com

USA Importers: Elite Wines 7345 Lockport Place Lorton VA 22079 +1703 339 8150 www.elitewines.net Paul Young Fine Wines CA, VOS Selection NY Hendage Wines IL