Information & scores : 1996Northern Rhone

  • Indifferent17/20

Vintage description1996Northern Rhone

Overall a good vintage, but 1996 highlighted the difference between the northern and southern regions of the Rhône Valley: To the north, the vintage was highly successful. The Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Joseph and Hermitage wines are all very good. The whites here are excellent and are of particular note. However, southern wines were subjected to rain and a lack of sun. Nevertheless, the best producers undertook a rigorous selection process to produce structured and fruity wines that did however lack the depth and richness of 1995.