LVT 2019 r 2019 wh 2018 rosé Bought in 2009 by Boisset, the BIG CHEESE company of France actuellement. Standards have been good since that purchase, with highlights from the consistent quality at the Gigondas Domaine de Longue Toque, where the wines have character: the 2016 was a ****(*) wine, while the 2016 Longue Toque Hommage à Gabriel Meffre, not made every year, was a ***** wine when tasted after a year of raising. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Laurus red was a stylish, well made **** wine in 2016, while the Châteauneuf-du-Pape St Théodoric red has moved up a gear recently - **** in 2017 and ****(*) in 2018, the latter vivid and compelling. There is also the Château Grand Escalion at Costières de Nimes.
This is the company that brings you Fat Bastard wines, as well as the supermarket favourite Côtes-du-Rhône La Châsse red. Gabriel was the main man at Gigondas post-World War Two, when he bought cheap machinery and ex-army equipment, and started to shape vineyards to his own design. Cairanne has recently been added to the roster.
From the Northern Rhône, the Côte-Rôtie Laurus and both the 2015 Hermitage Laurus wines, red and white, were ****(*) wines, pre-bottling, the last-named STGT; the 2016 Hermitage Laurus white was also a lovely, generous ****(*) wine. The 2015 Condrieu was ****, with the 2019 Saint-Joseph Laurus red a detailed, elegant **** wine - the pay-off from having longstanding relationships in the North
Anthony Taylor Le Village 2 route des Princes d’Orange 84190 Gigondas
Tel: +33(0)490 12 32 28
British Importers: previously Guy Anderson Wines, Guy Anderson, Roundham House, Oxen Road, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 7HN, +44(0)1460 271 670, email@example.com
USA Importers: Vision Wine & Spirits 500 John Hancock Road Taunton MA 02780 +1201 297 9170 www.visionwineandspirits.com firstname.lastname@example.org