Rhone Tasting August 2019 - Part Two The South

Part two of our look at the Rhone 2019 - moves to the South. Châteaunuef du Pâpe, Gigondas, Cairanne, Lirac and southern Côte du Rhône - here Grenache comes to the fore.

2016 and 2017 are two outstanding vintages in the Southern Rhone. 2016 was characterised by a warm growing season with cool nights allowing the best of the wines to retain great freshness and intensity despite high levels of ripeness - 2016 is a vintage of generous mouth coating wines. 2017 is a step back towards the structured 2015's these 2017's are classic long lived Rhône reds. They may lack a little of the upfront appeal of the 2016's but their better focus and tannin profile should see these be a cellar favourite in the years to come. 2017 is a great vintage of vineyard expression.

This offer also broadens the scope - whilst Châteaunuef du Pâpe is a well know source of great long lived wines of the southern Rhone it is the likes of Gigondas - Vacqueras and Cairanne that are now often popping up with very classy wines that give many a CNP a run for their money at a fraction of the cost.