Rhône 2011 & 2012 | A source of overlooked quality
The Rhône has long been a source of amazing value amongst the red wines of the fine wine trade. Nowhere is this truer than in good but overlooked vintages, like 2011 and 2012.
Both 2015 and 2016 have been hailed as outstanding vintages in the region, and it received similar praise for the quality of its 2009s and 2010s. In the middle are two very successful vintages – 2011 and 2012 – that have been largely overlooked. The 2011s and 2012s did not deliver blockbuster style or huge point scoring, but the wines have an immensely enjoyable ripeness and freshness.
The Mediterranean heat wave of 2017 put serious pressure on yields in the region, and stocks of 2017 are likely to be limited. Now is an opportune moment to secure some stock of vintages just entering their prime of drinking from four of the Rhône’s most famous appellations: Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Côte Rôtie, and Hermitage.