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99/100 Rhone Vintage!

27 February 2018|Wine Buyers Guide - March/April 2018


“99/100 for Rhone 2016...International demand is enormous!”

Hi from Jeff,

James Molesworth is Wine Spectator’s expert on the Rhone region in France… the excitement in his recent article on the stunning 2016 vintage there, is almost palpable. Kiwis love the classic Syrah/Grenache and Grenache/Syrah dominant blends of the Southern Rhône and demand for them is constant. It’ll be a case of “never more so”, with the fabulous 2016 vintage that James is effusive in his praise of! He rates the two-impressive back to back vintages in the Rhône… 2015 – 97/100 Southern Rhône and 99/100 Northern Rhône… he reverses 2016 with…99/100 Southern Rhône and 97/100 Northern Rhône. Just two points separate both vintages, placing both in the outstanding classification. The resulting quality in such vintages trickles down to the everyday quaffing wines.

Our contacts in the Rhône gave us a heads up post-harvest, so we were quick to compile a selection of the vintage stars from collector’s rarities down to the everyday gems. The team at our Constellation Drive SuperStore are excited about the arrival direct from the Rhône (temperature-controlled shipment) of these two exceptional everyday gems from the 99/100… 2016 vintage. Not only for their exuberant flavours, stylish, juicy and balanced palates… but also for their remarkably modest prices that ensure all red wine lovers can improve on their regular drinking pleasure.

FWD Co. were first to introduce a comprehensive 100%... swap or refund policy when I began our family business from our Torbay home 20-years ago and we lead the industry today in terms of the scope of our free in store customer tasting – both the Esprit de la Vallée CDR Signargues and the Esprit de la Vallée Vacqueyras 2016 reds will be on tasting in store this March, so get in and taste for yourself why the critics and our team at FWD Co. are so excited about these Rhone reds.

Cheers, Jeff

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