Over the next ten days, we will be bringing you a comprehensive guide to the wines from the 2016 vintage in the Rhône Valley. The headline news is that it is another fantastic year for the region, following on from the excellent 2015s.
For two weeks in October, I was in the region to taste the wines and visit key producers. Along with some London tastings, including some notes from Jancis, our database has over 1,000 tasting notes for 2016 Rhônes, covering all the major appellations and prestigious estates, including top cuvées from Château Rayas, Clos des Papes, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Domaine Jamet, Guigal, Chapoutier, Jean-Louis Chave, Auguste Clape, Marc Sorrel and many more.
The coverage will unfold as follows (links will be provided as articles are published):
- Yet more Rhône 2015s – and a few 2016s 5 June 2017
- Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires 2016s 6 June 2017
- From the flanks of Mont Ventoux 28 September 2017
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition bottlings 22 November 2017
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvées Spéciales 23 November 2017
- Other southern reds 27 November 2017
- Southern whites 28 November 2017
- Northern reds 29 November 2017
- Northern whites 30 November 2017
- Rhône older vintages January 2018
- The madness of en primeur (Hemming's Spittoon) 8 November 2017
- Southern Rhône overview (Inside information) 22 November 2017
- Northern Rhône overview (Inside information) 29 November 2017
In the UK, some en primeur offers are already under way. We understand that the following merchants will be participating: A&B Vintners, Armit, Averys, Corney & Barrow, Davy's Wine Merchant, Genesis, Goedhuis, H2Vin, Jeroboams, JN Wine, Justerini & Brooks, Laithwaite's, Latimer, Thorman Hunt, The Wine Society, Uncorked and Yapp.