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The red wines of the Rhone Valley vary considerably from the rich concentrated reds of the Cote Rotie to the lighter more fruity wines of Ventoux and Lirac. The white wines can vary even more, sample the intense sweet wine Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, then move to the fragrant whites of the many Cote du Rhone Village wines and then onto the the rich flavoured full bodied wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants are big supporters of fine Rhone Wines and are constantly increasing their range of wines to satisfy both existing and new customer demand. Its noticable that many lovers of full bodied red and white wines are moving back from the new world to the old world, especially towards Rioja Wines of Northern Spain and the huge selection available in the Rhone Valley.

Many followers of Rhone Wines view the Rhone Valley as two distinct halves, simply put, Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone. The Northern Wine Region is governed in many ways by the narrowness of its valley landscape, the output of wine is considerably less than the South, but what is produced in these smaller appellations is big and often stunning and with an outstanding vintage will produce some of the World's best and most expensive wines. Some of the North's most famous appellations include Cote Rotie, St. Joseph, Condrieu, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. These wines are very impressive, big in statue, big in taste and the best vintages will often improve in the bottle upwards of fifty years.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants promote many Northern Wine Growers including: Alain Paret known for their Condrieu and St-Joseph Wines, also Maison Nicolas Perrin a fine producer of Condrieu, saint-Joseph and Cote Rotie Wines.

The landscape of Southern Rhone is much different to the North, the flood plains are wide, open and flat with small hills and clusters of many small villages, many supporting in one way or another the vast wine industry of this region. The regions varying landscape of lighter and then the more productive soils inturn supports a wide variation in both quality and volume produced. Cote du Rhone being the appellation which produces by far the greater volume of wine and Grenache being the most dominant grape variety (possibly close to 50% of all grapes grown) followed by Syrah and Mourvedre. Well produced Cote du Rhone Villages wine can often be the best buy of the region, the volume produced is high and often the growers and competing on two fronts…quality and price. Two other appellations that can also support good value without compromising quality are the Vacqueyras and Gigondas wines.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants has spent much time and energy over the last thirty to fourty years travelling the vast Southern Rhone Region seeking out new exciting Growers and of course meeting up with our old friends we have been doing business with for decades. Just a few of the many growers we feel should have a special mention are: Domaine des Bosquets for a simply stunning Gigondas wine. Chateau Thabour and Chateau de Vaudieu both have a high reputation for producing Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines of great prestige.

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Gigondas, L argnee Vieilles Vignes, Famille Perrin,

From 100% Grenache, capturing light, floral essences, delicate berry fruits, amazing elegance and length,

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750ml £56.00

M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, 2015

M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne is a deep garnet red colour, with purplish lights. Rich red fruits and hints of liquorice play on the nose. Good attack on the palate, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentile tannins. The finish showcases blackcurrant, raspberry and hints of sweet warm spice.

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750ml £67.66

Francois & Fils Cote-Rotie Magnum, 2015

Francois & Fils Cote-Rotie Magnum, has a deep red colour in the glass with purple hues. Superbly concentrated with big aromas of blackcurrants, wild brambles, dark plums and a delicious jammy character. It is well structured with richness and good density. Soft warm spices, vanilla and lots more fruit linger on the long finish.

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150cl £79.82

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Ermitage, Le Meal Blanc, M Chapoutier,Magnum, 1998

Full bodied dry white, rich and succulent with concentrated long memorable flavours

Ermitage, Le Meal Blanc, M Chapoutier, Magnum has aromas and flavours of butterscotch and caramel in its full bodied, thick juicy personality. Possess liquid minerality,more oak than other Hermitage cuvees. An amazingly layered wine. Drinking now through to 2030

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1500ml £361.37