2016 Rhône En Primeur
2016 is a beautiful vintage in both the northern and southern stretches of the Rhône Valley: it has produced many intricately concentrated wines of real beauty and finesse. Just as we have seen in Burgundy and Bordeaux, we are fortunate in having two consecutive years – 2015 and 2016 – with exceptional quality, both with their very distinct characters. 2015 produced wines with great intensity, flesh and powerful structures – a style we particularly relished with the northern Rhône Syrahs. In contrast, the 2016s have wonderful purity, silky tannins, and vibrancy – giving harmonious, refreshing wines across the full length of the Rhône valley. Although it will be tempting to enjoy many of these wines young, the best have excellent potential for bottle-age, perhaps at an earlier stage than the 2015s – as indicated in our notes.
The 2016 Growing Season & Harvest
The Rhône enjoyed near-perfect wine-making weather conditions throughout the 2016 growing season. Of particular note, the summer was steadily sunny and dry, with welcome rain falling in the warmer south in mid-September. This replenished water reserves at the last stages of the grapes’ maturation, extending the ripening period, and allowing for full aromatic development before harvest. Summer night-time temperatures were also crucially low across the appellation, contrasting with hot days. As a result, the grapes had a wonderful equilibrium between sugars and acidity – a determining element of this vintage for the vitality and freshness in the wines.
These wines are offered in bond UK, for delivery during 2018.