Rhône Valley, 2007

2007 was an excellent Rhône vintage in the south, particularly for Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, and slightly less successful in the north, which experienced tricky weather conditions.

In the south, a wet spring was followed by a warm, dry growing season, which produced a large crop of ripe fruit with high alcohol. Though a large crop means less concentration than in great years, it also means that prices will be relatively lower.

Meanwhile the northern Rhône experienced a reverse of these conditions and was largely cool, dreary and wet with some hail damage and rot. A warm, dry harvest made the vintage, and producers who green harvested regularly and took measures against rot, produced healthy grapes and good to very good wines.

Rhône Valley, 2007

2007 was an excellent Rhône vintage in the south, particularly for Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, and slightly less successful in the north, which experienced tricky weather conditions.

In the south, a wet spring was followed by a warm, dry growing season, which produced a large crop of ripe fruit with high alcohol. Though a large crop means less concentration than in great years, it also means that prices will be relatively lower.

Meanwhile the northern Rhône experienced a reverse of these conditions and was largely cool, dreary and wet with some hail damage and rot. A warm, dry harvest made the vintage, and producers who green harvested regularly and took measures against rot, produced healthy grapes and good to very good wines.

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  1. Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007

    Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Josh Raynolds

    “...layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve...” Wine Spectator

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