Dulwich Wine Society tasting. Ten wines from the Southern Rhône, eight red and two white. For me, the stand out wines include the extremely pure and fruity Côtes du Rhône from Domaine de la Charité, Domaine de Mourchon's mature and mellow 1999 Séguret and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 Blanc from Domaine de Cristia which came as a refreshing, fruity finale after all the rich reds.
The moratorium is over. Decanter’s December issue has been published and I can announce our successes in the recent tasting undertaken by their Rhône expert, Matt Walls who has recently returned from a year and a half in the region. If you look on Decanter.com today (November 2020), you will see a link to ‘Top Côtes du Rhône wines under £20’. What the article doesn’t tell you is that the brief of its writer was to taste and rate wines from across the valley in that price range and that the top scoring white wine was actually a Ventoux. No prizes for guessing that it was Château Juvenal’s 2019 ‘Ribes de Vallat’ Blanc , awarded 91 points, which, at £12.60 is also the best value of any of the white wines on the list: 'From 30- to 40-year-old vines grown on granite south-facing slopes; half of the wine is matured for six months in demi-muid leaving no overt oakiness to the aromatics. Full-bodied, rich and opulent style, very ripe and fulsome. Some mango and pineapple juice. Unmist