2020 Northern Rhône - En Primeur Offer
From a region that seemingly cannot put a foot wrong, we bring you the delightful and extremely elegant, approachable wines of the 2020 Northern Rhône. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020, an extraordinary run of good to brilliant vintages.
In this Offer
This is primarily an offer of 2020s, but while the majority of wines are from 2020, not all our producers release their wines uniformly and so some whites are from 2021. The Duclaux brothers like to release their wines when they are in bottle and are a vintage behind with their 2019’s.
Use the left side bar to browse the offer by Appellation, or the table below to browse by Producer.
'I found most 2020s to have beautifully ripe, polished tannins. The wines show more red and blue fruits, terrific purity and precision, and clean, classic aromatics'
'Let’s start with the conclusion. The reasoning can wait. 2020 is a very good vintage in the Northern Rhône. It is seductive, full of silken pleasure, offers wines that will grace any table, wines set to show well from an early age.'
‘These are wines that will provide huge amounts of pleasure, straight out of the gate. It is that rare thing – an excellent vintage for early drinking.’
2020 Vintage Report
With plenty of rainfall over the winter of 2019 leaving ground water levels in abundance and vineyards in good health, this paved the way for what appeared to be an almost identical vintage to 2019. Include in this the long hot summer and by all rights we should have big rich, dense textured wines. The only discernible difference being more elegance in 2020 and some wines ready to go from the off. If you like wines of purity, elegance, bright aromatics & freshness, then 2020 is a vintage to savour for early drinking, whilst leaving the 2019's & 2018's to mature a little longer.I was really impressed with the 2020's tasted from barrel on my visit to the region in July 2021, my follow up visits in January and April this year confirmed my thoughts, that this is a head turning vintage for both red and white. If you have ever been seduced by a supple perfumed Northern Rhône Syrah, 2020 will not let you down, pitch perfect wines with great balance.
Benjamin Duclaux commented on my visit in January that the 2020's more accurately reflect the 2016's which are in a great place right now. There is something for everyone in 2020, the Syrah & Viognier from producers like Niero, Bonnefond and G&J Bott, provide a perfect gateway into the more serious 'Cru’ wines of Condrieu and Cote Rotie. Cornas, Crozes Hermitage and Saint Joseph all provide compelling reasons just why the Northern Rhône is the place to be, get on board whilst you can, because the rest of the wine world is starting to take notice.
Derek Robertson, Lea & Sandeman Rhône Buyer
Arrival in the UK
The wines will arrive in the UK by this Autumn (2022) except the Robin Hermitage (2023). 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.