Information & scores : 2012 South Rhone

  • Indifferent 16/20

Vintage description 2012 South Rhone

The southern Rhône Valley experienced a one-off, short-lived but very hard frosty spell which caused significant damage to very old vines (over one hundred years old) of which there are a large number in the region, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wines have a lower alcohol content than usual, but structure is added through the high level of concentration created by fairly low yields. Reds and whites alike are generally quite fresh and lively.

In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the reds are meaty and fresh, never overbearing or saturated. The major blends probably stand out a little less than usual. The whites are very fine, fresh and light, more southern in style than normal.

Almost all of the other southern appellations are in the same vein - always fresh and easy-drinking, with added concentration and density in the best terroirs such as Gigondas, Cairanne and Rasteau, especially where reds are concerned.