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Southern Rhône 2020: full report and top scoring wines

The vintage conditions and resulting wine style largely echoed those of the Northern Rhône in 2020, with wines being fairly accessible when young and white wines being particularly exceptional.

Southern Rhône 2020 overall rating: 4/5

Fresh, juicy and immediate reds with lower alcohol than recent years, though some lack concentration. Beautiful white wines.


Southern Rhône 2020 red wine of the vintage:

Domaine de la Janasse, Chaupin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2020

Southern Rhône 2020 white wine of the vintage:

Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2020


Some vintages, such as 2016 and 2018, produce one style of wine in the Southern Rhône and a very different one in the Northern Rhône.

In 2020, however, that’s not the case – both the north and the south experienced similarly hot, dry growing conditions, resulting in a comparable style.

‘Much more finesse and elegance than 2019,’ according to Frédéri Férigoule of Domaine le Sang des Cailloux.


Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of the Southern Rhône 2020 top scoring wines


See Matt’s top Southern Rhône 2020 tasting notes and scores:

The following wines all scored 94 points or above. Wines are listed white then red in score order.


Join us in the vineyards! Experience the best of the Rhône with Matt Walls this June, find out more here.


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