My top three

Lau­rent Richet MS

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■ Château de Vaudieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Lau­rent Brechet shows here that min­i­mal use of oak gives much bet­ter fresh­ness and fruit def­i­ni­tion, with enough struc­ture for cel­lar­ing. 95 Drink 2017-2025

■ Do­maine Les Hautes Cances, Cu­vée Tra­di­tion, Cairanne 2016 En­tirely hand­made, with in­tense crit­i­cal grape se­lec­tion. Shows the tremen­dous qual­ity of this do­maine and the vi­brancy of its wines. 95 Drink 2017-2020

■ Tardieu-Lau­rent, Guy Louis, Côtes du Rhône 2015 With grapes from north and south of the Rhône Val­ley, all aged in oak at dif­fer­ent du­ra­tions, it’s com­plex, long and very food-friendly. Can cer­tainly com­pete with Châteauneuf-duPape blanc. 92 Drink 2017-2019

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