Rhône 2019 – Châteauneuf Tradition bottlings

Samples of 2019 Chateauneuf-du-Pape ready for blind tasting

We begin two weeks devoted to hundreds of 2019s tasted in the Rhône Valley last month. Above are just some of the Châteauneuf-du-Papes ready for Ali's blind tastings. See also this guide to our coverage of Rhône 2019.

Winemakers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape warmly welcomed this year’s return to healthy yields. The heat spikes and low rainfall mean that this is a powerful vintage overall. Largely, the wines are of good quality. They are concentrated, showing deep colour, considerable tannin and high alcohol, yet with surprising freshness in many cases. The tannins were challenging to taste through in many instances and...