Rhône Valley 2019
“An uncanny blend of depth and vivacity” - J. Renolds Vinous.com
Like 2018, 2019’s warm growing season enabled a relatively early harvest, beginning in the last week of August for the ripest parcels
The water stress of 2019 was higher than the previous year, creating greater hydric stress. Consequently, and paradoxically, despite the intensity of the early summer heat, 2019 reveals a fresher side, especially noticeable in the reds. The 2019 whites will show fantastic freshness and elegance. Unprepared growers were caught harvesting wines at 16% alcohol, but the top producers captured a balance of both physiological fruit ripeness and freshness. Many winemakers chose a more delicate approach to extraction in order to look for balance instead of the opulent power of 2018. In the south Grenache faired very well in 2019 making finer and more delicate expressions than the high temperatures suggest, and it was helped by lower disease pressure.
Producers must be chosen carefully, but the best 2019s have the broad rich fruit profiles and dynamic freshness needed to be immensely enjoyable after just a few years as well as over several decades.