Rhône 2021 – Vacqueyras reds

Alistair Cooper MW tasting the 2021s at Vacqueyras HQ

This appellation can often offer pretty good value but in 2021 quantities were cruelly small. Ali is pictured here at the appellation's HQ. See also this report on the red 2021s of neighbouring Gigondas, also published today, and our guide to Rhône 2021

According to Jacky Bernard, of La Ligière and president of the syndicat of Vacqueyras, this was the appellation that was the hardest hit by the frosts in the southern Rhône, affecting more than 80% of the appellation to some degree or another. Syrah here was particularly badly hit, with Grenache and Mourvèdre faring a little...