Intensely rich Grenache grapes usually feature in the typical profile of red wines from the southern Rhône. But wine lovers should forget that for 2013, as the coulure or "shatter" seriously reduced grape yields for this variety. Châteauneuf-du-Pape and neighbouring appellations have added much higher quantities of Syrah than usual (and small amounts of other local varieties) to their red wines. This will noticeably change the balance of these wines (fresher and with lower alcohol) and also their aromatic qualities. Grenache fanatics may have some regrets, but others will enjoy the variety in the profile of the wines they put in their cellars!
Wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape aren't as powerful as usual, but are fresher and should be drunk earlier than other recent vintages (except 2008). In some cases, estates usually producing several cuvées have only produced one.
Other appellation areas have produced red wines in the same spirit and style as Châteauneuf. Cairanne and Costières-de-Nîmes seem to be a little above average and Tavel (rosé wines only) a little below.