2020 Rhône – northern whites and a white-wine overview

Philippe Guigal in his cellars in Ampuis

In James's picture, taken in Guigal's extensive and tenebrous cellars beneath Ampuis, is Philippe Guigal, who made two of the higher-scoring Condrieus below. See this guide to our coverage of 2020 Rhône.

As is the case throughout the Rhône in 2020, it was an early harvest for white varieties (see details of the weather in the northern and southern Rhône overviews). Some of the earliest-ripening parcels were picked even earlier but for the majority of growers the white wine harvest started the week of 24 August and was completed by the first week in September.

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