Planet Rhône

Le journal des vins de la Vallée du Rhône

NOTES DU RHONE: Harvest report

Focus on 2014 harvest

The 2014 harvest marked a season of even development across all grape varieties, higher yields, and a return to normal volumes, with production levels on par with better years. Most noteworthy, it will be a banner year for whites and rosés, which are showing freshness and balance.

In the north, late summer winds and abundant sunshine counterbalanced the summer’s earlier rainfall, delivering perfectly ripe and well-balanced Syrah berries. The whites—Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne—are showing power and fruit flavors and promise to be complex, fresh and particularly expressive.

In the south, Grenache has delivered wines that are warm and rounded on the palate, expressing the typical spiced blackcurrant and black berry flavors of the southern appellations. A cool summer will result in wines that are less tannic and full-bodied than usual, but nonetheless, expressive of the terroir.

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