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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > FRANCE: White Rhône

Winner Details

FRANCE: White Rhône

2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 3 Bronze: 0 Commended: 2
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 5 Bronze: 0 Commended: 3

A small category, but always a hugely popular one – and there were some interesting medal winners here across the price points. It will definitely be interesting to see how this region fares when the warmer, riper, more intense 2015s hit the market.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘I like this style of wine a lot. They are great with things like crab – richer foods with butter.’ Giacomo Dragoni, Galvin La Chapelle

‘Customers might ask for Viognier rather than white Rhône, but the serious customers do look for Condrieu. At these kind of prices – over £100 on a list – you need to have time to spend with the guests who order it.’ Maurizio Palomba, Sushi Samba

‘We get people looking for oaky styles of Chardonnay – Californian or Burgundian – and these top-end wines are a good alternative to that. They give you a perfume that you don’t get with Chardonnay. I’d be confident of selling them to someone looking for that oaky style.’ Harry Crowther, M Restaurants

Award winners

Found 6 wines

White Rhône

Château de Campuget, 1753, Viognier, Pays du Gard, 2014, Rhône , France

Gold medal winner

Beguiling florals alongside a textured richness and good value took Château de Campuget to the Gold podium. Giacomo Dragoni of Galvin La Chapelle found a 'balance of mature and aromatic notes on the nose', while team leader Simon Woods highlighted 'mineral, custard apple notes, ginger spice with Parma Violets and rose petal perfume, and great length. Tasty', while

£9.74 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château de St Cosme, St Cosme, Condrieu, 2013, Rhône , France

Silver medal winner

Harry Crowther of M Restaurants enjoyed its 'excellent oak and complexity', noting a palate that was 'mouth-filling, very perfumed and rich with a long finish', while Giacomo Dragoni of Galvin La Chapelle highlighted its 'clean, almondy character and herbal balance'.

£35.39 Bibendum Wine

Jean-Luc Colombo, La Redonne, Côtes du Rhône Blanc, 2015, Rhône , France

Silver medal winner

'Exotic and fruity, floral aromas, attractive and floral on the palate with a slight pithiness on the finish,' began Harry Crowther of M Restaurants, while team leader Tom Forrest found 'blossom and ginger, soft apricot fruit and clean minerals with notes of pineapple'.

£13.46 Hatch Mansfield , Matthew Clark

Laudun Chusclan, Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun, Blanc, 2014, Rhône , France

Silver medal winner

'A lovely touch of rose petal sweetness with good acidity, an oily texture and peachy fruit notes,' said Harry Crowther of M Restaurants, with Vinoteca's Zigmars Grinbergs noting: 'Ripe, juicy and pleasant, with plenty of freshness.'

£7.82 Enotria&Coe

Jaboulet , Secret de Famille, Côtes du Rhône Blanc , 2014, Rhône , France

Commended medal winner

£9.14 Bibendum Wine

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

Commended medal winner