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, 2009 - TN

    Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2009

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - Wine Spectator

    “...reminiscent of their brilliant 1985...soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness...beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits.” eRobertParker.com

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