2019 Rhône En Primeur
2019 is an exceptionally elegant and harmonious vintage across the Rhône Valley, the wines combining ripeness and power with striking freshness and finesse.
Timely rainfall and cool nights during an otherwise intensely hot, dry summer were key to success here. Fortunately, ample rain fell during the spring of 2019, providing the soil with essential water reserves. But then, with the exception of an extraordinary, and damaging, 20-minute hail storm in Crozes-Hermitage on 15th June, not a drop of water fell in the valley in June or July. In the north, a welcome downpour arrived in early August, which stopped the vines from shutting down through heat-stress and drought, allowing for uniform ripening. Similarly, in the south, mid-September showers assisted in the final stages of the growing season.
Cool summer nights also helped the vines to regenerate and resist stress. A beneficial consequence of the wide diurnal temperature difference was that it allowed for pronounced aromatic development in the grapes, and for precious acidities to be retained.
At harvest time, the resulting grapes were not only sweet, juicy and in good health, but also had exceptional aromatic concentration and natural freshness.
It is with great pleasure that we recommend this vintage for both early drinking, vibrantly fruity styles and for intensely flavoursome, finely structured wines for the mid- to long-term.
These wines are offered £ per case (as indicated) in bond UK, for delivery during 2021