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Southern Rhône 2019 report plus top scoring wines

Despite extremely hot and dry conditions, the 2019 vintage has produced plenty of delicious, rich and vivid wines that are well worth buying from the southern Rhône says Matt Walls.

Southern Rhône 2019

Overall rating 4.5/5

A swelteringly hot, very dry year that was surprisingly successful, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, both reds and whites. Elsewhere there are mixed results; some excellent wines, others with unbalanced alcohol or tough tannins.

Southern Rhône 2019 wine of the vintage: Le Vieux Donjon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, 2019 

So how hot was it, exactly? Well on 28th June 2019, the temperature in Gallargues-le-Montueux near Nîmes hit 45.9 ̊ C, a new record for France.

It was also exceptionally dry throughout the Southern Rhône, with barely any rainfall during the summer months.

See Matt’s top Southern Rhône 2019 tasting notes and scores

The following list comprises wines that scored 96 points and above. There are also 24 wines that scored 95 points and 31 that scored 94 points.

See also

Rhône 2019 En Primeur: Full report

Northern Rhône 2019 report plus top scoring wines

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