After a fantastic series of vintages in the Rhône Valley, 2002 was marked by record rainfall, with water levels recorded from July to October largely exceeding the norm and with some regions suffering severe flooding. In early September, the southern Rhône Valley was subjected to two catastrophic days that could not be made up for throughout the rest of the month. The only estates that managed to produced acceptable wines were those that embarked on a drastic selection process to remove all rotting or under-ripe grapes.
The result is wines with a pleasant fruitiness but lacking in power, with limited ageing potential. No cuvées spéciales were produced in this low quality vintage.
The vintage's best wines, notably whites, are mainly found in Hermitage. The Côte-Rôtie vineyard was the hardest hit by early September rains, which forced wine-makers to harvest earlier than planned, despite maturity not always having been achieved. Results are therefore mixed. Saint-Joseph also paid a heavy price, with abnormally low yields due to the weather conditions. The same goes for Crozes-Hermitage. In Condrieu, grapes reached a good level of maturity overall, and a healthy harvest resulted in some very good cuvées.
Hermitage Ermitage de l'Orée Chapoutier - Condrieu La Doriane Guigal - Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Guigal - Côte-Rôtie La Turque Guigal - Hermitage Jean-Louis Chave - Hermitage Jean-Louis Chave - Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis Guigal - Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Guigal - Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Jean-Michel Gerin - Condrieu Les Chaillées de l'Enfer Georges Vernay - Hermitage Guigal - Hermitage Ermitage l'Ermite Chapoutier - Saint-Joseph Les Granits Chapoutier - Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée Chapoutier - Hermitage Ermitage Le Méal Chapoutier - Côte-Rôtie Clusel Roch (Domaine) - Saint-Joseph Reflet François Villard -