Rhône 2018

Has anyone tried Chave's Circa SoJo blanc? Usually a lovely wine and great value.
I’ve enjoyed this is the past and bought the 2017 from TWS. However, I don’t believe the 13% ABV quoted in the literature from TWS at all - the 2017 said that and appears to be 14.5% from bottle photos (not had mine delivered). I would be concerned it might be too alcoholic in 2018.
 
Jim
That's a great wish list. I agree where I have experienced the wines. My only change might be Pallieres Racine Gigondas, do you have a preference for the other two? I've brought these three on rotation in the last few years, but haven't opened any yet, so interested in your point of view.
Russ
 
I've enjoyed Levet (as you know) and have heard good things about Gerard (but haven't opened any of my 15s yet) - how would you compare them? Any thoughts on the others?

I think we are all buying XG although who has actually tried any? Last year I cut down my allocation to 6 of the CR although since then I have also been following the SJ Blanchard.
 
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Jim
That's a great wish list. I agree where I have experienced the wines. My only change might be Pallieres Racine Gigondas, do you have a preference for the other two? I've brought these three on rotation in the last few years, but haven't opened any yet, so interested in your point of view.
Russ
Russ, I visited Moulin de la Gardette last October and was massively impressed with Jean-Baptiste’s work. He makes a very unworked, elegant style of Gigondas but still with a true southern richness. Beautiful vineyards and great value too.
Not visited Bouissières but in comparative tastings and at the table, their wine, especially the Tradition, is in a similar style to Gardette.
I’ve never quite got on as well with the Pallières wines but haven’t tried any recent offerings. I don’t drink a lot of Gigondas so those two, with Cayron, are the ones that seem to agree with my palate best.
 
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My friend persuaded me to split the following with him:

- Gerard Cote Rotie
- Levet CR Amethystes
- Balthazar Crozes
- Pilon Seyssuel Frontiere

Average price per bottle is £19 IB so I am persuading myself I have managed to abide by the spirit of my plan not to buy any Rhone 2018...
 
I went for
Billon elotins CR
Gerard Condrieu Chatilon
Chave st Joseph circa blanc
Chave St Joseph offerus 2017
From AB

The Billon Rotie has 4.5 stars from JLL, which is why i picked it above other enter cuvée CR's.
 
Russ, I visited Moulin de la Gardette last October and was massively impressed with Jean-Baptiste’s work. He makes a very unworked, elegant style of Gigondas but still with a true southern richness. Beautiful vineyards and great value too.
Not visited Bouissières but in comparative tastings and at the table, their wine, especially the Tradition, is in a similar style to Gardette.
I’ve never quite got on as well with the Pallières wines but haven’t tried any recent offerings. I don’t drink a lot of Gigondas so those two, with Cayron, are the ones that seem to agree with my palate best.

I suppose I have more experience with Pallieres and a 2009 Racine was great at Christmas. I need to open some of the others even if young just to see the style. Maybe use my coravin!
 
A decent allocation of stuff from Billon, Chambeyron, Bourg, Balthazar, Levet and Gerard - I still haven't tasted most of them though so going on faith which is an expensive venture.
 
I told myself I was sitting this one out but seem to have inadvertently bought a few things: Sorrel Crozes Hermitage, Emmanuelle Versey Cornas and thrown my hat in the ring for Gonon St Jo in the TWS lottery.
 
CRs from Levet (been buying these for 15 years), plus Patrick Jasmin, Xavier Gerard and Christophe Billon (all just since 2016.) I adore the Levets but the new ones seem really promising, subject to the proviso that it'll be another decade before I get to try a halfway mature one.

Also Cornas from Clape and Mickael Bourg, and some Chave Hermitage and St Joseph.
 
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