Rousanne, marsanne, viognier and clairette all performed superbly in 2020 and made for whites not just delectable, but also ones to serve as a supreme food-friendly alternative to counter the impending market shortage in white Burgundy. We cannot praise good white Rhône enough, and consider the clarity, definition, opulence and grip as displayed in Vieux Télégraphe’s Châteuneuf-du-Pâpe Blanc as one terrifically tempting example.
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2020 Domaine Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Blanc 6x75cl
"A much broader, riper aromatic profile than its Clos la Roquète. White flowers, citrus oils, rich and ripe pear. Full-bodied, broad and unctuous, it's precise both aromatically and in texture; a... perfectly balanced Vieux Télégraphe blanc for early drinking - longevity is hard to predict at this stage. All from La Crau. Mostly aged in foudres and demi-muids, plus a few barriques, two of which were new this year." 94 pts., Matt Walls, www.decanter.com£195 / Case£32.50 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate
2020 Pierre Jean Villa, Primavera, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 6x75cl
100% viognier from vines averaging 25 years. Pale yellow, with spicy aromas of lemon, orange and nectarine. Sappy, fresh, pithy, with stone fruit, creamy minerality and lots of florals. Juicy acidity; utterly fruit-driven; superb energy and length.£120 / Case£20 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur