What we've so far published on this atypical vintage plus a list of UK merchants making offers. Above, the River Rhône viewed from vineyards on the hill of Hermitage.
Ali Cooper MW spent two very busy weeks in the Rhône assessing this most unusual vintage and has many an article and about 900 tasting notes to share with us. With 2021s more than any other recent vintage, expert advice is especially useful.
Our coverage so far
Here's what we have published to date, with the most recent article at the top of the list. Many more tasting articles to be added in the coming weeks.
Tardieu-Laurent's 2021s Jancis Robinson 7 December 2022
Rhône 2021 – other northern reds Alistair Cooper MW 5 December 2022
Rhône 2021 – red Hermitage, Côte Rôtie and Cornas Alistair Cooper MW 2 December 2022
Rhône 2021 – northern whites Alistair Cooper MW 29 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – an overview of the north Alistair Cooper MW 29 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – other southern whites and rosés Alistair Cooper MW 22 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – white Châteauneuf-du-Pape Alistair Cooper MW 21 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – other southern reds Alistair Cooper MW 15 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – Vacqueyras reds Alistair Cooper MW 14 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – Gigondas reds Alistair Cooper MW 14 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds Alistair Cooper MW 10 November 2022
Rhône 2021 – an overview of the south Alistair Cooper MW 8 November 2022
Chapoutier opines in late 2022 Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding MW 26 October 2022
UK merchants making offers of 2021 Rhônes
Please let us know if you are making an offer but it is not included below.
A&B Vintners will be making a 2021 Rhône offer (and of late-release 2020s such as Chave) in February 2023, but are already offering a handful of 2021 whites ahead of the main campaign.
Armit Wines are making separate offers for individual producers: Ch de Beaucastel (11October), Dom du Vieux Télégraphe (2 November), Isabel Ferrando (10 November).
Averys are making separate offers for individual producers.
Berry Bros & Rudd will be making a 2021 Rhône offer in the week beginning 8 March 2023 but they are already offering a handful of other 2021 wines ahead of the main campaign, eg Dom de Marcoux and Clos des Papes.
Davy's Wine Merchants: 24 November
Flint: after Christmas 2022
Goedhuis will be offering Rhône 2021 in the run up to Christmas but as a series of individual offers rather than a single offer for all wines.
Handford Wines: February 2023
Haynes Hanson & Clark: March 2023
Justerini & Brooks: 1 December
Laithwaite's: second half of November
Lay & Wheeler: 29 November (southern Rhône)
Montrachet will shortly (some time in the second half of November) be offering Yann Chave, Jérome Coursodon, Dom du Tunnel, Dom Michelas St-Jemms and Dom des Amphores from the northern Rhône. Stéphane Ogier will follow in the New Year along with Dom Lafond Roc-Epine, Dom de la Bouïssière, Dom du Grapillon d’Or, Bosquet des Papes and Tour St-Michel from the south.
Tanners have so far launched Perrin Family wines, and other growers will follow by 1 December (offers here).
The Wine Society: around 26 January 2023 (details will be given on the en primeur page of their website)
Thorman Hunt are offering Dom du Vieux Télégraphe 2021 with Les Pallières 2021 (offer closed 18 November).