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Winner Details

FRANCE: White Rhône

2015: Gold 3 Silver 5 Bronze 0 Commended 3
2014: Gold 2 Silver 5 Bronze 5 Commended 4

Probably no other category in this competition delivers such a high ratio of top medals to submissions year after year as Rhône whites. Sure the wines are expensive. Sure they’re a hand sell. But, man, they are good!

A genuine alternative to white Burgundy, and your customers will love you long-time for it.

From the Tasting Teams

‘There were some classics here: great wines, good winemaking with honeysuckley and white flower notes, plus real texture. I’d take almost any of these home.’ Michael Harrison, consultant

‘A very strong flight, the difference between Gold and Silver with many of these wines was a very fine line.’
Caroline Brangé, 28°-50° Mayfair

‘People are aware of Condrieu, but not so much Marsanne-Rousanne blends, so you need to lead them and talk about the quality and food-friendly side of the wines.’ Stuart Skea, Champany Inn & Wine Cellars

‘Our best flight of the day.’ Simon Woods, team leader

Award winners

Found 11 wines

White Rhône

St Cosme, Condrieu 2013, Rhône, France

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

They're back and as good as ever. St Cosme's Condrieu waltzed off with a Critics' Choice award for its wonderful depth and beautiful balance. ‘Lifted honeysuckle nose and a lovely, white flower palate, ripe and full with good acidity,’ said consultant Michael Harrison, with team leader Simon Woods adding: ‘Intense and mineral with a citrus bite.’ Match with a meaty fish dish with creamy sauce, or a braised pork dish, or a pork escalope, again with a cream sauce. Decisions, decisions!

£32.53 Bibendum

Colombo & Fille, Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014, Rhône, France

Gold medal winner By the glass

Superb value once more from Colombo & Fille. Little wonder this scored a By The Glass award too. 'Intense, focused and concentrated nose of beautiful melon, ripe peach and pear fruit, with delicate blossom notes,' said Stuart Skea of Champany Inn & Wine Cellars, 'Very Mediterannean in character. Match with sword fish and crevettes.' Team leader Simon Woods added: ‘Intense, heady honeysuckle and pear, with notes of peach and halva.’

£6.24 Hatch Mansfield

Jaboulet, Domaine Grands Amandiers, Condrieu 2013, Rhône, France

Gold medal winner

‘Harmonious, pure savoury fusion,’ said Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison, neatly encapsulating why Domaine Grands Amandiers picked up Gold. ‘Nice use of oak, good grip on the palate, with creaminess and long, intense floral character,’ said team leader Simon Woods, concluding: ‘Good, big, but fine and really tasty.’ 'Match with turbot, watercress, roasted nuts and a mushroom sauce,' suggested Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair.

£33.10 Bibendum

Domaine du Chêne, Condrieu 2012, Rhône, France

Silver medal winner

Perfumed with violets and rose petal, peaches and apricots. Consultant Michael Harrison said: ‘Good texture and mouthfeel on a big, bold palate, with noticeable oaking and a lengthy finish.' Meanwhile team leader Simon Woods noted: ‘Deep, juicy and relaxed, built on a grand scale.’

£28.75 Liberty Wines

Guy Farge, Vania, St-Joseph Blanc 2012, Rhône, France

Silver medal winner

‘Rich, herby, spicy, long and fleshy; creamy with lovely peach and notes of sweet nutty halva and walnut,’ said team leader Simon Woods, while George Bergier of The Victorian Chop House Company said: 'Elegant, with nice minerality, ripe fruit and a good long aftertaste.'

£17.98 Enotria&Coe

Jean-Luc Colombo, Les Abeilles, Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014, Rhône, France

Silver medal winner

‘Gentle, herby, mineral and fragrant, quite oily texture with walnut skin hints, a good honest style,’ said team leader Simon Woods, with consultant Michael Harrison adding: ‘Lifted white blossom notes, good texture and peachy fruit.’

£6.24 Hatch Mansfield

Domaine Chante Cigale, Extrait, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2013, Rhône, France

Silver medal winner

‘Generous and opulent on the nose, with amazing length on a broad spectrum of fruit flavours on the palate,' noted La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan. ‘Top class, sophisticated style,’ added Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel.

£24.50 Boutinot

Domaine du Monteillet, Le Petit Viognier, Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2012, Rhône, France

Silver medal winner

‘Just lovely,’ began team leader Simon Woods, continuing: ‘Has the heady, peachy apricot edge of Viognier in with reduction. A relaxed and tender wine.’ ‘Ripe and opulent, not complicated, but generous,’ added La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan.

£12.65 Boutinot

Terres des Amoureuses, All White 2012, Rhône, France

Commended medal winner

Boutinot Fide et Arte, La Fleur Solitaire, Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013, Rhône , France

Commended medal winner

£6.50 Boutinot

Jaboulet, Les Jalets, Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2013, Rhône , France

Commended medal winner

£12.73 Bibendum


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