Rhône 2014 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds


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The 2014 vintage will not go down in history as a particularly successful one in the southern Rhône. Whereas the cooler temperatures of the 2013 growing season resulted in many wines that seemed better balanced than some earlier, hotter, more potent vintages, the capricious weather pattern of 2014 caused real problems in the vineyard. 

Winter was mild and usefully wet and, as throughout France, spring was particularly warm so that budbreak occurred three weeks early. Much to everyone’s relief after the coulure-shrunk 2013 vintage, flowering...