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
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.