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Flashcards in Rhone Vintage Deck (49):
1

Rhône: 1971

Solid vintage in the Northern Rhone, very robust.
Wines from the south are light and faded early.

2

Rhône: 1973 -1975

Rainy and dilute; terrible vintages in North and South.

3

Rhône: 1977

Cool summer, rain at harvest. Disaster throughout.

4

Rhône: 1978

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.

5

Rhône: 1979

Excellent in both regions; softer, more fragrant wines than 1978.

6

Rhône: Great vintages of the 1970's

1978
1979

7

Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1970's

1973-1975
1977

8

Rhône: 1981

Northern Rhone troubled by rain at harvest; the wines are thin.
Southern Rhone had a warm, dry summer with excellent quality.

9

Rhône: 1982

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.

10

Rhône: 1983

Excellent in the Northern Rhone - best since 1978.
South is erratic and unpredictable.

11

Rhône: 1984

Very poor. Wines are light and underripe in both regions (South slightly better, but not good).

12

Rhône: 1985

A very successful vintage - opulent and soft.

13

Rhône: 1986

Firm, tannic, and joyless across the board.

14

Rhône: 1987

Cold, rainy, and snowy - poor and dilute. Some good wines from Cote-Rotie - everything else suffered.

15

Rhône: 1988

Very good, slow-maturing wines - "classic." Unfairly overshadowed by 1989 and 1990.

16

Rhône: 1989

Outstanding, highly concentrated.

17

Rhône: Great vintages of the 1980's

1981 (South only)
1982 (North only)
1983 (North only)
1985
1988
1989

18

Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1980's

1981 (north only)
1983 (south only)
1984
1987

19

Rhône: 1990

Sumptuous and powerful, huge critical scores across the valley. Fleshier than 1989, with lower acidity in the south.

20

Rhône: 1991

Very good and rich in the North.
Torrential rain at harvest in the south - total disaster.

21

Rhône: 1992

Serious rain at harvest devastated the crop in both regions.

22

Rhône: 1993

Again, rain at harvest produced thin, dilute wines.

23

Rhône: 1994

Better than the three preceding vintages, but still rather variable and inconsistent.

24

Rhône: 1995

Outstanding and full-bodied in both regions. Firm tannic backbone, very ageworthy.

25

Rhône: 1996

Cool and damp, high acidity. Fair.

26

Rhône: 1997

Unsettled weather in the north (hot v. rainy); overripeness and rasination in the south. Variable.

27

Rhône: 1998

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).

28

Rhône: 1999

Exceptional in the North, and larger quantity than 1998.
Rather more variable in the south - rain at harvest created some rot issues.

29

Rhône: Great vintages of the 1990's

1990
1991 (North only)
1998
1999

30

Rhône: Disaster vintages of the 1990's

1991 (South only)
1992
1993

31

Rhône: 2000

Good but not exceptional in the Northern Rhone.
Southern Rhone is lush, soft, and silky; highly regarded.

32

Rhône: 2001

Excellent in both regions; higher tannins and fimer structure in both North and South than 2000.

33

Rhône: 2002

Massive rains diluted and destroyed the harvest. Worst vintage of the 2000's.

34

Rhône: 2003

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.

35

Rhône: 2004

Near perfect weather, but the results are good but not great.

36

Rhône: 2005

As with the rest of France. Yields down slightly.

37

Rhône: 2006

Good vintage with some rain on and off at harvest. Wines are more charming than powerful.

38

Rhône: 2007

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.

39

Rhône: 2008

Rainy and difficult. Light and somewhat dilute.

40

Rhône: 2009

As with the rest of France. Some southern wines are overly alcoholic.

41

Rhône: Great vintages of the 2000's

2000 (South)
2001
2005
2007 (South)
2009
2010

42

Rhône: Poor vintages of the 2000's

2002
2008

43

Rhône: 2010

As with the rest of France.

44

Rhône: 2011

More lightly styled than the preceeding vintages; cool summer and some rain at harvest. North is more successful than the south.

45

Rhône: 2012

Difficult vintage; smaller crop than usual (rain at flowering). Lowered acidity, high tannin. The Rhone overall was more successful than most across Europe.

46

Rhône: 2013

Serious coulure in the Grenache plagued the Southern Rhone. Late start, short growing season.

47

Rhône: 2014

Very rainy summer; serious Suzukii Fruit Fly issues in the North, particularly Cote-Rotie. Lighter in style, early drinking.

48

Rhône: 2015

Easy, warm growing season. Very promising - best vintage since 2010, at least.

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Exceptional early 20th century vintages in the Rhone

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1966
1967