Information & scores : 1991 Northern Rhone

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Vintage description 1991 Northern Rhone

A fair vintage for all wines in the Rhône Valley, 1991 was an excellent year for wines from the north of the appellation. An excellent year for Côte-Rôtie wines, featuring a dark purplish ruby shade, aromas of undergrowth and dark fruits, dense and mid-bodied with high yields and long ageing potential. An extraordinary year for Hermitage wines, with a less abundant harvest that nevertheless results in elegant, concentrated wines well-suited to long ageing periods, especially the reds. The same applies to the Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage wines which are consistent, highly elegant, concentrated and well-balanced. This was an exception year for Condrieu wines too, which reached their peak. Yet the biggest success story here is undoubtedly that of Cornas wines: intense in colour, rich, with medium levels of tannins and well-balanced and consequently well-suited to ageing. However, this is in contrast to the southern vineyards which produced terrible wines. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are deplorable - thin and flat. Less disastrous but barely more interesting are the Gigondas, cruelly lacking in power and complexity.