Rhône Valley, 2010

2010 was an excellent Rhône vintage in both the north and the south – a classic year producing a small crop of structured, balanced Syrah wines, with high tannin, fresh acidity and great fruit purity – ripe, fresh and silky and redolent of individual terroirsrather than the weather.

The key to the success of the crop was a poor fruit set where a cool wet spring caused coulure (grapes shatter), which reduced volume considerably but increased concentration. A very warm early summer was followed by a cool August with cool nights to ensure freshness, and this coupled with a little rain in September and a long, gradual growing season ensured optimal ripeness.

In the north the harvest began a fortnight later than 2009 and unlike the 2009 vintage the 2010s are less muscular and more redolent of their sense of place.

In the southern Rhône, the growing season mirrored the north, picking was also late and Grenache yields were down by up to 30%. Southern reds showed riper tannins, freshness and acidity to counterbalance high alcohol.

Rhône Valley, 2010

2010 was an excellent Rhône vintage in both the north and the south – a classic year producing a small crop of structured, balanced Syrah wines, with high tannin, fresh acidity and great fruit purity – ripe, fresh and silky and redolent of individual terroirsrather than the weather.

The key to the success of the crop was a poor fruit set where a cool wet spring caused coulure (grapes shatter), which reduced volume considerably but increased concentration. A very warm early summer was followed by a cool August with cool nights to ensure freshness, and this coupled with a little rain in September and a long, gradual growing season ensured optimal ripeness.

In the north the harvest began a fortnight later than 2009 and unlike the 2009 vintage the 2010s are less muscular and more redolent of their sense of place.

In the southern Rhône, the growing season mirrored the north, picking was also late and Grenache yields were down by up to 30%. Southern reds showed riper tannins, freshness and acidity to counterbalance high alcohol.

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  1. Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, 2010

    Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, 2010

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 99 - eRobertParker.com

    "Sadly, this profound Chateauneuf du Pape is nearly impossible to find.” eRobertParker.com

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