Rhône Valley, 2016

2016 was a good vintage in the northern Rhône, and a great year for the Southern Rhône – a reversal in fortunes between the flatter south and the hillier north (which suffered some hail) from the previous vintage. In fact, it was one of the best vintages in decades for the south – generally producing more elegant, fresher wines than the richer, sometimes overly powerful 2015s. A more classic Rhône vintage, which was equally good for reds and whites.

The growing season didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a damp, cold spring, but a hot, dry summer followed, with sufficient rain and cool nights bringing relief to the vines.

Rhône Valley, 2016

2016 was a good vintage in the northern Rhône, and a great year for the Southern Rhône – a reversal in fortunes between the flatter south and the hillier north (which suffered some hail) from the previous vintage. In fact, it was one of the best vintages in decades for the south – generally producing more elegant, fresher wines than the richer, sometimes overly powerful 2015s. A more classic Rhône vintage, which was equally good for reds and whites.

The growing season didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a damp, cold spring, but a hot, dry summer followed, with sufficient rain and cool nights bringing relief to the vines.

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  1. Fondrèche, Ventoux Rouge, 2016 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Fondrèche, Ventoux Rouge, 2016

    Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - eRobertParker.com

    “…boasts knockout aromas of black cherries and blueberries. It's a medium to full-bodied wine, creamy-supple in texture…dried herbs and baking spices adding complexity…a screaming value.” eRobertParker.com

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  2. Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois Rouge, 2016 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Fondrèche, Il Était Une Fois Rouge, 2016

    Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2024
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Jeb Dunnuck

    “…softly expansive, gently filling the mouth with flavors of black cherries and raspberries, then adding hints of garrigue, dried spices and cocoa on the long, elegant finish.” eRobertParker.com

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  3. Fondrèche, Divergente Rouge, 2016 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Fondrèche, Divergente Rouge, 2016

    Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2024
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Jeb Dunnuck

    “...asphalt and black olive when first poured, only gradually revealing hints of dark berry fruit…a tour de force and a new reference point for Ventoux.” eRobertParker.com

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