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Rhône 2011 En Primeur - Jancis Reviews

Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW, in jancisrobinson.com & ft.com in February 2013:
For a guide to Jancis' recommended wines, see the lists below.
This is not in general a thrilling vintage in the south.  There are one or two high points in Châteauneuf but generally where you would expect to find them.

 In the north things are different. The best Condrieus and the top St-Joseph whites such as Chapoutier's Granits and Guigal's Lieu Dit 2011 are already looking lovely. And the northern Rhône reds are certainly 'correct' even if generally lighter and softer than the 2009s and 2010s.

According to Jean-Paul Jamet, who makes particularly refined Côte Rôtie, the 2011 reds are very silky and fruity and should drink well in youth, 'though they will age too'. I loved the pure silkiness of his simple northern all-Syrah Côtes du Rhône 2011 which is already drinking beautifully. For Hermitage... the 2011 reds are charmingly scented, are relatively soft and have no shortage of fruit. I will be buying some myself. But it is not a banner year. As Jean-Louis Chave explained, it was a year that favoured rather simple fruit, and the job of a master winemaker like him was to imbue the wines with as much structure possible. 

Top Northern reds
Wine Score
Ermitage Rouge, Le Pavillon, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 18.5
Hermitage Rouge, Le Gréal, Domaine Marc Sorrel 18
Ermitage Rouge, l'Ermite, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 18
Côte-Rôtie, La Mordorée, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 17.5
Côte-Rôtie, La Landonne, Domaine René Rostaing 17.5
Côte-Rôtie, Côte Blonde, Domaine René Rostaing 17.5
Côte-Rôtie, Rose Pourpre, Domaine Pierre Gaillard 17
Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Pierre Gaillard 16.5
Côte-Rôtie, Cuvée Classique 'Ampodium', Domaine René Rostaing 16.5
St Joseph, Clos de Cuminaille, Domaine Pierre Gaillard 16

Top Northern whites
Wine Score
Ermitage Blanc, l'Ermite, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 18.5
Hermitage Blanc, Les Rocoules, Domaine Marc Sorrel 17.5
Ermitage Blanc, Le Méal, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 17.5
Ermitage Blanc, Cuvée de L'Orée, Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 17.5
St Joseph, Lieu-Dit St Joseph, Maison Guigal 17
Condrieu, La Doriane, Maison Guigal 17
Condrieu, La Bonnette, Domaine René Rostaing 17
Condrieu, Domaine Yves Gangloff 16.5

Top Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds
Wine Score
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Mourre des Perdrix, Domaine de la Charbonnière 17.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuveé Les Gallimardes, Domaine Giraud 17.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de Marcoux 17.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Grenaches de Pierre, Domaine Giraud 17
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve Auguste Favier, Dom Saint Préfert 17
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tradition, Domaine Pierre Usseglio 17
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Impériale, Domaine Raymond Usseglio 17
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 17

Top Châteauneuf-du-Pape whites
Wine Score
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos des Papes, Paul Avril et Fils 17.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Ch. de Beaucastel 16.5+
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine de la Charbonnière 16.5
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine des Saumades 16.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine des Sénéchaux 16.5
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Ch. de Beaucastel 16

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