Flashcards in Rhone Vintage Deck (49):
Solid vintage in the Northern Rhone, very robust.
Wines from the south are light and faded early.
Rhône: 1973 -1975
Rainy and dilute; terrible vintages in North and South.
Cool summer, rain at harvest. Disaster throughout.
Cool summer, but warm fall and late harvest with perfect weather. Best vintage of the decade in both regions, and one of the top vintages of the century for the North.
Excellent in both regions; softer, more fragrant wines than 1978.
Rhône: Great vintages of the 1970's
Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1970's
Northern Rhone troubled by rain at harvest; the wines are thin.
Southern Rhone had a warm, dry summer with excellent quality.
Dry year, with heat spikes, early harvest. Heat in September caused troubles in fermentation.
Northern Rhone produced some great wines.
Southern Rhones are jammy and overripe, not ageworthy.
Excellent in the Northern Rhone - best since 1978.
South is erratic and unpredictable.
Very poor. Wines are light and underripe in both regions (South slightly better, but not good).
A very successful vintage - opulent and soft.
Firm, tannic, and joyless across the board.
Cold, rainy, and snowy - poor and dilute. Some good wines from Cote-Rotie - everything else suffered.
Very good, slow-maturing wines - "classic." Unfairly overshadowed by 1989 and 1990.
Outstanding, highly concentrated.
Rhône: Great vintages of the 1980's
1981 (South only)
1982 (North only)
1983 (North only)
Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1980's
1981 (north only)
1983 (south only)
Sumptuous and powerful, huge critical scores across the valley. Fleshier than 1989, with lower acidity in the south.
Very good and rich in the North.
Torrential rain at harvest in the south - total disaster.
Serious rain at harvest devastated the crop in both regions.
Again, rain at harvest produced thin, dilute wines.
Better than the three preceding vintages, but still rather variable and inconsistent.
Outstanding and full-bodied in both regions. Firm tannic backbone, very ageworthy.
Cool and damp, high acidity. Fair.
Unsettled weather in the north (hot v. rainy); overripeness and rasination in the south. Variable.
Some heat stress in the north, but by and large a successful vintage.
Southern Rhone's second great vintage of the 1990's (after 1990 itself).
Exceptional in the North, and larger quantity than 1998.
Rather more variable in the south - rain at harvest created some rot issues.
Rhône: Great vintages of the 1990's
1991 (North only)
Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1990's
1991 (South only)
Good but not exceptional in the Northern Rhone.
Southern Rhone is lush, soft, and silky; highly regarded.
Excellent in both regions; higher tannins and fimer structure in both North and South than 2000.
Massive rains diluted and destroyed the harvest. Worst vintage of the 2000's.
Heat Wave vintage - massive, concentrated.
After the rains of 2002, the water table was high, so clay-planted wines in the south are most successful.
Near perfect weather, but the results are good but not great.
As with the rest of France. Yields down slightly.
Good vintage with some rain on and off at harvest. Wines are more charming than powerful.
Northern Rhone is similar to Burgundy - patchy summer with warmth at harvest. Difficult but good. Severe hail in Cote-Rotie.
Southern Rhone had an exceptional, silky, lush vintage.
Rainy and difficult. Light and somewhat dilute.
As with the rest of France. Some southern wines are overly alcoholic.
Rhône: Great vintages of the 2000's
Rhône: Poor vintages of the 2000's
As with the rest of France.
More lightly styled than the preceeding vintages; cool summer and some rain at harvest. North is more successful than the south.
Difficult vintage; smaller crop than usual (rain at flowering). Lowered acidity, high tannin. The Rhone overall was more successful than most across Europe.
Serious coulure in the Grenache plagued the Southern Rhone. Late start, short growing season.
Very rainy summer; serious Suzukii Fruit Fly issues in the North, particularly Cote-Rotie. Lighter in style, early drinking.
Easy, warm growing season. Very promising - best vintage since 2010, at least.