Rhône 2021 – northern whites

Condrieu vines, image from InterRhone

Good news at last! Above, image of Condrieu's vines courtesy of Inter Rhône. See this guide to our extensive coverage of 2021 Rhône.

2021 was a fantastic vintage for Viognier/Condrieu. It is slightly bittersweet for producers, as while quality is excellent, yields were not. And this is partly why the wines are so good. The frosts hit Condrieu badly, reducing the potential yields and delaying ripening. The cooler vintage allowed the grapes to maintain a little more acidity than usual, yet due to the lower yields the grapes also had good concentration. Viognier is a grape that can tend...