Rhône 2010 tasting notes next week

16 Dec 2011 by Jancis Robinson

See also my final round-up of great wines for this time of year - strong and/or sweet.

This is just a heads up for those of you who have been asking when we will be publishing the hundreds of tasting notes on the lovely 2010 vintage, those made by me in the Rhône Valley at the end of November and the beginning of this month, and at a series of tastings in London by both me and Julia. (The picture of Ch de Vaudieu vines was taken on my Blackberry on my way back from tasting at Ch Rayas at the end of last month, by the way.)

Tamlyn Currin has valiantly been adding all these wine reviews to our fully searchable database of more than 60,000 tasting notes and our plan is the following:

Mon 19 Dec - Whites and the odd rosé
Tue 20 Dec - Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds
Wed 21 Dec - Other southern Rhône reds
Thu 22 Dec - Northern Rhône reds

We just hope very much we can keep to this timetable. I will be publishing an overview of the vintage on Saturday 7 January - and possibly the week after if I find I have a great deal to say - but we thought we would publish the tasting notes as soon as possible since several UK merchants at least have been making offers of 2010 Rhônes, including the following:

Fine + Rare
Justerini & Brooks
OW Loeb
Stevens Garnier

Feel free to  add any I have overlooked via the Comments box below. 


I did taste it last month, Lieven, and here is my note:

Dom de Trevallon 2010 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône 16.5+ Drink 2014-28
Deep crimson. Smells more obviously sweet and ripe than the Mas de Daumas Gassac. Exotic spices. Juicy fruit and very pungent. Just a little gassy (temporarily, surely). 

19 Dec 2011 09:03 by Jancis Robinson

Dear Jancis, Did you already taste Trévallon red 2010. It is told to be great and is now on offer. (I still have te 1990 in my cellar which is, in fact, a great wine to my opnion). Sincerly, Lieven D'Hooghe

18 Dec 2011 11:25 by Lieven D'Hooghe

Wonderful news! The occurrence of yet another great vintage in the Southern Rhone (following the unprecedented string of outstanding vintages, '98,'00,'01,'05,and'07, and the excellent '99, '03,'06 and '09) is now becoming the regular  x-mas present for spoilt fans of the region. Great years of the Northern Rhone are definitely more scarce, but it certainly looks to be the first time since 1989/1990 with two superior back-to-back vintages! Will be fun soon  to study your impressions in detail. Hope to see the brilliant wines from Clos St. Jean reviewed this year. Missed them last year...... Best regards Peter

16 Dec 2011 17:01 by peter sunesen

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