LVT 2018 r 2018 wh 2015 VDN Helen Durand has undergone a conversion, one that I hoped would happen. He has renounced extraction, and has backed off high temperature, high intervention winemaking. Raising time has been cut to 10 months from double that, and since 2007 he has sought greater freshness in his wines. They are now interesting, free, on mineral influences. This is now a good, hand made range of organic, biodynamic wines.
The Rasteau red that used to be called Tradition is now called Les Cras, and the 2016 was a real winner, a ****(*) wine of character and nuance. In 2017 Helen started raising 20% of his top Rasteau, Les Adrès, in amphorae [more oxygen] to further increase length and profundity. The 2010 Vin Doux Naturel grenat is superb, also the 2014, a wonderful ***** wine, and the 2015, a ****(*) wine, top of the class.
Two STGT wines to signal are the **** 2015 Rasteau Les Adrès, a child of its clays, and the **** 2016 all Grenache Côtes du Rhône red that comes from some of the lime soils at Rasteau, and is well in line with them; the latter was also **** in 2017, a bright, entertaining wine, so look out for it. The Roaix Villages red is also authentic, the **** 2017 a wine of elegant gras. It isn't all bottled, the excess going into, and helping, the Côtes du Rhône red. On the white front, Helen makes a tasty, well defined Côtes du Rhône called Les Plans based on 1989 Grenache blanc, its oaking nice and mild.
Helen Durand 2302 route d’Orange 84110 Rasteau
Tel: +33(0)490 46 11 20
Percentage Exported: up to 30%, down from 40% 2011
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