2019 Northern Rhône - En Primeur Offer
‘The Rise of the Rhônes’
You’d have to cast your mind back a few years to find a disappointing vintage in the Rhône Valley, perhaps as far back as 2008 or a little further to the disappointment of 2002, but those two blips apart, the Rhône Valley vintage reports have all been very positive.
The most recent vintages have been a purple patch, from the generous 2015s, the powerful 2016s, the pretty 2017s, the pitch perfect 2018s and now it is the turn of the fabulous 2019s. Bring it up with producers and they find it hard to keep the smile from their faces when we discuss in the cellars. There is an amazing freshness and elegance in both reds and whites in 2019. The wines of the Rhône seem to still be seen as slightly under the radar. Switched-on wine buyers in the know purchase these for immediate pleasure as well as longevity. Is there a better sense of Syrah pleasure than a mature Côte Rôtie, all perfumed and elegant, balanced and bright with such drinkability?
In this Offer
This is primarily an offer of 2019s, but while the majority of wines are from the 2019 not all our producers release their wines uniformly. The Duclaux brothers like to release their wines when they are in bottle and are a vintage behind with 18s, and Gaylord Machon in Crozes is offering, with his 2019 white, one 2018 and one 2017 in red.
Use the left side bar to browse the offer by Appellation, or the table below to browse by Producer.
'The Northern Rhône is on a historic run of superlative vintages, starting with 2015 and continuing through 2019. We can probably add 2020 to the list as well. Unquestionably, collectors and wine drinkers will love debating these vintages over the coming two to three decades, but you can’t go wrong with any of these vintages.'
Jeb Dunnuck Nov 2020
'These rich, opulent wines come from a hot, dry year and have the same purity of fruit and freshness that marks the 2018s yet might be even more concentrated.'
‘Stylistically, 2019 is similar to 2018, but fresher and more elegant. The wines enjoy more acidity and carry less weight. Hot vintages can sometimes obscure the signature of each appellation, but that’s not the case in 2019.’
'The 2019 vintage in the northern Rhône can be considered a paradoxical year of extremes. As in the southern Rhône, the defining feature of the vintage was the exceptionally hot and dry growing season. However, the resulting wines often show great freshness and precision – especially in Côte Rôtie, which dazzled me with its supreme quality.'
Jancis Robinson OBE MW - JancisRobinson.com
2019 Vintage Report
2019 will be remembered for the heat and drought, in both the north and south, but saved in the nick of time by good downpours that helped to prevent the vines from becoming too stressed. It would become apparent that this was to be a vintage where control in the vineyard and picking dates would be key. As ever, the hard work in the vineyards throughout the year would be crucial to ensure healthy, balanced grapes; not overripe and maintaining the acidity.
The wines in general are ripe - some full, plush and expressive, with those in the north of Côte Rôtie being the star attraction providing purity and precision. It would be unfair to single out just one of our producers for praise as each has their own unique story and style - elegance from Duclaux, energy and purity from Bonnefond, ripeness and approachability from Niero or the sleek and silky wines of Clusel-Roch - they are all worth putting in the cellar and will not disappoint. It is also worth noting that the hill of Hermitage also produced some extremely good wines, but as ever in tiny quantities and can also lay claims to wines of the vintage (we are offering the 2019 Hermitage from Gilles Robin that will be physical in 2022).
Please note that we will be offering the late released 2018 vintage from Duclaux in this campaign. The 2019 Côte Rôties will be offered in 2022.Not everyone was so lucky with the weather - in June, Crozes Hermitage was struck by an extraordinary hailstorm that lead to some producers losing some 70% of fruit, a crying shame in such a glorious vintage. The wines that were made are terrific and will show great value for drinking in a couple of years’ time – Gilles Robin’s Papillon is one of the best in recent memory, but in short supply - speed out of the traps will pay dividends. The wines of Gaylord Machon continue to impress; the 2018 Ghany bright and exuberant, the 2017 Lhony more restrained and linear.
Saint Joseph is certainly an appellation on the rise at the moment along with renewed interest in Cornas. Both red and white Saint Joseph from Domaine Bott are really compelling in 2019 and well worth taking seriously. Cornas from Domaine Lionnet are, as ever, bigger and sturdier wines that will take a little time to come around and express themselves fully.
Rest assured whatever your fancy in the Northern Rhône, 2019 is a vintage to savour and will not let you down, these are impressive wines across the board.
Arrival in the UK
The wines will arrive in the UK by this Autumn (2021) except the Robin Hermitage (2022). This is an opportunity to secure the wines at the lowest possible price before they reach the general market. We guarantee you will find some exciting options for your cellar.
Prices: This is a primeur offer - all prices are quoted IN BOND per case (case sizes as stated).
Terms of the Offer
ORDERING VIA OUR WEBSITE:
- Click on the 'ORDER' button to add cases to your Wishlist order form. The Wishlist appears in both the sidebar and header (separately from the main basket).
- You can view and edit your Wishlist at any time before submitting the order form.
- Submit your Wishlist order form with your details and please indicate any special requirements in the notes, including whether you would like the wines duty paid.
- We will respond as quickly as possible with confirmation of your order and your invoice.
Please note that certain wines are on very tight allocations and will first be offered to customers who buy across the range. If you have any queries, please email our primeurs team or speak to your usual L&S contact.
ORDERING VIA EMAIL:
Please feel free to email us your Wishlist at any time. This list can include wines listed as available on the website, as well as those marked 'To Be Advised'. We will reply as soon as possible with confirmation of what we can offer.
Wines bought en primeur are scheduled to arrive in the UK over the course of the next eighteen months. If you do not wish to take home delivery, you may wish to consider where you would like the wines shipped on arrival in the UK. Lea & Sandeman offers duty paid and in bond storage through a dedicated storage company called Elephant Storage. For more details on the terms and fees associated with storage please go to our Storage Homepage or contact our primeurs team for more information.
While helpful, we do not require a firm commitment on delivery destination to process your primeur order at this stage. Our team will be in contact with you when your wines arrive in the UK to confirm the necessary delivery details.() or your normal Lea and Sandeman contact.
RHÔNE PRIMEUR FAQ
OFFER: All wines are offered subject to availability and final confirmation.
PRICING: All prices are quoted IN BOND ex-VAT, by the case size stated. Please double check that the desired case size does match what is being offered as wines are variously listed in threes, sixes, dozens, halves and larger formats.
DELIVERY - TIMING: This is a primeur offer so the wines are not yet physically available for delivery. They will be shipped to the UK over the next eighteen months. Generally wines are shipped to your nominated location once the whole order has landed in our London City Bond account. If you require wines to be delivered by a certain date, please advise us at the time of ordering.
DELIVERY - FEES: In bond delivery to an Elephant Storage account (for more information see 'Storage Options' opposite) is free of charge. Transfer of wines to any third party bond (i.e. not Elephant Storage) will incur an administration charge of £16.50 + VAT for all orders under £500. If you require wines duty paid, please indicate this in your Wishlist order form. A duty & VAT invoice will be raised once all the wines on your order are available for shipment. Once the relevant duty & VAT has been settled, we will ship the wines to your nominated address as per our normal duty paid Delivery Terms.
PAYMENT: All orders will be invoiced for immediate payment by cheque, cash, debit card or cleared funds to our account. We regret that we cannot accept credit cards for primeur orders. We reserve the right to apply a dunning charge of 2% per month on invoices unpaid after 30 days.