Rhone wines' traditional summer event has taken in everything from rugby to punk gigs; this year, we are brought The Rhone Touch, a week-long combination of food, art and Rhone wines at Platform Theatre in the newly-funky riverside area at the back of King's Cross station.
Whites, a minority in the Rhone, have a distinctive substantial waxiness; the reds in the Southern Rhone are blendss and start with Cotes du Rhone, then CdR Villages, CdR Villages with a specified village and finally simply the village name.
Chateau de Montfaucon, Comtesse Madeleine 2014 (£15) CdR Marsanne blend, ripe and substantial with fresh orchard fruit. Good.
E. Guigal Condrieu Guigal, 2014 (£N/A) fresh, zippy, honeyed, waxy and textured; long and elegant. Good.
Reds - CdR
Vidal-Fleury, 2013 (£12) fresh dark berries, supple texture; long and substantial with fine, slightly grippy tannins. Good.
Xavier Vins, 100%, 2012 (£N/A) Grenache blend: concentrated and inky with dark fruit and sweet spice; still tight with some grip. Supple and long. Good.
Xavier Vins, SM, NM (£N/A) Syrah/Grenache: feral with dark fruit, green herbs, spice and freshness, supple. Good.
Sablet's sandy soils give the village its name, and impart a distinctive character to the wines.
CdRV Sablet Domaine des Pasquiers, 2014 (£15) Grenache blend, feral nose, fresh and juicy, soft and harmonious. More Beaujolais than the Rhone - and long.
CdRV Chusclan Laudun Chusclan Vignerons, Les Genets, 2015 (£N/A) GSM+ blend, supple and fresh with dark fruit and spice; long and substantial. Good.
CdRV Signargues M. Chapoutier, 2014 (£12.50) Grenache/Syrah: warming and spicy, ripe dark berry fruit, spice and freshness, concentrated. Good.
In the northern Rhone, reds are all 100% Syrah.
Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine, Les Jablets, 2014 (£18) complex red and dark berries and spice, fresh. Very Good.
Vidal-Fleury, 2013 (£19) red and dark berry fruit, spice, freshness, supple and substantial texture. Very Good.
The North - Saint-Joseph
Cave de Tain, Esprit de Granit, 2013 (£N/A) complex spice and berries, minerality supple with fine but assertive tannins. Very Good.
E. Guigal, Saint-Joseph Guigal, 2013 (£N/A) red and dark berries, green herbs; supple, fresh, long and concentrated. Very Good.
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