Bracketed by two vintages that were (overly) critically acclaimed around the world, the 2008 vintage was underestimated by these same critics, who tend to prefer heavy-punching wines with high alcohol content that results in spectacular wines that are nevertheless not always easy to drink over a meal. In the Rhône Valley, the 2008 vintage was marked by extreme weather: hail, storms and violent winds were a daily fact of life for many wine-makers throughout a good chunk of the year, and particularly in September. Wine-makers were forced to practice severe selectiveness, but the result is highly appealing, featuring very refined wines. The Condrieu whites are particularly successful. As for the reds, Côte-Rôtie enjoyed a stunning vintage.