A glorious summer, but a deluge-prone autumn resulted in northern wines of average quality, with some aromatic and concentrated reds. The Côte-Rôtie and Crozes-Hermitage wines are well-rounded and fruity. Hermitage reds and whites are particularly successful, blessed with great richness and ageing potential. The Condrieu wines, rich and alluring, are of good quality and are better than those from 1995. Cornas wines here are unusual - soft and low in acidity. To the south, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape are of good quality despite the autumnal rain. However, producers who harvested early managed to produce very good, even excellent, wines. The Gigondas are averagely rich.
Gigondas - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rayas Reynaud -