Rhône 2017 – other southern reds


Rich pickings from the 2017 vintage in the southern Rhône, beyond Châteauneuf. For a more detailed review of the southern Rhône in 2017, see this overview article. See also our guide to all the articles – published and forthcoming – on this vintage in the Rhône Valley. 

These smartly dressed bottles were pictured at the Maison des Vins in Gigondas, where I blind-tasted the 2017 vintage in late October. Along with Vacqueyras and a few other appellations, there are nearly 200 wines listed below, many of which are better in quality than their main local rival, Châteauneuf-du-Pape – and...