Red Rhone

Red Rhone

southern-rhone

2008 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Excessive rain and temperature fluctuations made 2008 an extremely challenging vintage. Flowering was late and difficult, especially among southern Rhone’s Grenache vineyards, and growers faced massive sorting due…

2007 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2007 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The Northern Rhône suffered the same viticultural difficulties as Burgundy and Bordeaux in 2007, with an unusually dry, warm spring provoking early budding and thick canopies followed by…

2006 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2006 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Pleasant in spring, hot in June and July with punctuations of rain that allowed the fruit to ripen, a good september Best Appellations South is a bit better…

2005 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2005 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions A dream vintage with near-perfect conditions right through until September, though anxieties were raised early on in Northern Rhône when a heavy snowstorm in April hit Hermitage, Cornas…

2004 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2004 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The weather conditions for the region were textbook favourable—a very warm, mild spring and summer allowing grapes to flower, set and start ripening well. Then, rain in August…

2003 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2003 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Only those whose nickname is Olympic Flame (never goes out) can have failed to realise that summer 2003 was one long, hot event. The Southern Rhône’s vineyards stood…

2002 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2002 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The northern Rhone was afflicted by a series of problems during the year – poor flowering, hail, rot – and the yields could be minus 60% in places.…

2001 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2001 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The year is marked by its September, when the north wind and quite fine weather caused the crop to concentrate, notably in the northern Rhone. Acidity levels are…

2000 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2000 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions After a wet spring, flowering took place early in the north, but both Côte Rôtie and Condrieu reported some hail damage. July was quite cloudy but hot dry…

1999 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1999 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Flowering was early in the north, and the summer warm and mostly dry. The harvest was quite early, the reds being picked from about 19 September. In the…

1998 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1998 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions A long dry summer threatened drought in the north, but September rain prevented blocked maturation. There was dry weather from 20-25 September, then more rain. In the south…

1997 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1997 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions 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…

1996 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1996 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions In the north, after a successful flowering in June, the summer was cool and quite wet. September was sunny and the grapes were picked in good conditions. The…

1995 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1995 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Problems at flowering in the north promised a small crop, but the grapes ripened well through a long dry summer. There was some rain, but not enough to…

1994 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1994 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions In the north, the summer was hot and dry, with some welcome rain in early September that overstayed its welcome in Côte Rotie. Best Appellations North: good wines…

1993 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1993 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Once again a fine summer in the northern Rhône was wrecked by sopping wet weather, which descended on 25 September, shortly before hvresting, provoking an attack of mildew…

1992 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1992 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The spring was hot in the north, but there was rain at flowering and for many weeks thereafter, exposing many vineyards to mildew. August was hot, but then…

1991 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1991 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The severe frosts that devastated much of France left the Rhône only minimally affected. After a wet spring, the summer in the northern Rhône was dry and hot.…

1990 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1990 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions A great year in the northern Rhône, despite the near-drought conditions. Many growers, such as Guigal, had to continue harvesting well into October to ensure grapes were fully…

1989 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1989 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Arid conditions in the north slowed down maturation, but the best wines, picked during the last week in September, are the equal of the 1988s. In the south…