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Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise 2021: report and top-scoring wines

Matt Walls offers his verdict on these three southern Rhône appellations and highlights the top wines to try from the 2021 vintage.

Vacqueyras

Vacqueyras is low-lying and mostly flat, and it was hit hard by the frost in 2021. Yields were down around 25%.

Vineyards on slopes and near woodland were more likely to be spared, and those that were lucky went on to make precise, fresh, well-balanced reds. Most, however, are light and drinkable, destined to be drunk young.

White varieties largely avoided the frost, and the quality is excellent – concentrated wines with impact, acidity and great balance.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and score for top Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise 2021 wines


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Matt Walls’ top-scoring Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise 2021 wines:

The wines below all scored 93 points or above, and are listed in order of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise, white then red in score order.


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