John Livingstone-Learmonth first visited the Rhône in 1973, and has since dedicated most of his life to writing and talking about the region’s wines - describing himself as ‘the oldest rocker in town’ in his LinkedIn profile. He is the author of four books on the Rhône, including The Wines of the Northern Rhône, which won the Louis Roederer International Book Prize in 2006, and runs the website drinkrhone.com. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole and an honorary citizen of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
John explained his belief that balance, rather than intensity or concentration, is the quality that makes for great wines. Wines chosen for the tasting were made by young winemakers, and all reflected the passion, commitment and sureness of touch of their creators in their ‘hand-made’ quality.
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