Red Rhone 1997: Drink now
Acidity was low and even Chateauneuf may not have produced wines for long ageing. Wines are soft, oozing pleasure, jam flavours. Versatile with food.
Flowering was early in the north, but June and most of July were cool and damp. August was hot but then unsettled weather returned. The best wines, which are very good indeed, were made by those who waited until October to pick. The weather in the south was similar, except that September was less wet and the grapes remained healthy if somewhat raisined.
Good, but not particularly noteworthy wines in the south.
A good vintage for Cote Rotie from Chapoutier, Clusel-Roch, Delas, Guigal, Rene Rostaing and Vidal-Fleury. Fine Hermitage produced by Chapoutier, Chave, Bernard Faurie, Jaboulet, and Marc Sorrel.