Information & scores : 1995 South Rhone

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Vintage description 1995 South Rhone

A perfect summer ruined by a disastrous September resulted in a very high quality vintage. The Côte-Rôtie wines feature inconsistent quality levels, some of which are excellent where the winemakers managed to delay the harvest to obtain exceptional wines. The same can be said for the Hermitage reds. In contrast, the whites are less powerful and of medium concentration, except for some truly great Condrieu. The weather also meant Cornas wines were too compact due to heightened acidity levels. To the south, the wines from the Rhône Valley are exceptional. Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines where the harvest was delayed offer a sumptuous vintage, without managing to reach the sublime perfection of 1989 or 1990. Exceptionally ripe fruits resulted in a dark purplish black wine with stunning acidity and superb levels of concentration. These wines show great potential for ageing.