Southern Rhône 2021 overall vintage rating: 2/5
Fresh, bright, intense white wines throughout the region. A hard frost reduced yields and produced a fragile harvest for reds. Quality is mixed; many wines lack ripeness, but there are some very good wines in a lean, fresh style with relatively low alcohols.
‘In this chaotic, unpredictable and atypical vintage, buying by appellation, or even producer, isn’t a reliable strategy.’
Southern Rhône 2021 red wine of the vintage
Château de Beaucastel, Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Southern Rhône 2021 white wine of the vintage
Domaine de Beaurenard, Boisrenard, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Though Châteauneuf-du-Pape wasn’t the worst hit, many producers, such as Vincent Avril of Clos des Papes, suffered reduced yields due to the frost. Temperatures dropped to -4 ̊ C here, but ‘what was mad is that it was 19 ̊C that afternoon,’ he said, ‘and 25 ̊C less than a week earlier.’ No wonder the vines were shocked.
Top-scoring southern Rhône 2021 wines:
The wines below all scored 95 points or above, and are listed white then red in score order.