Rhône 2022 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds

Alistair Cooper by the sign to Chateau Rayas

The first instalment of Ali's tasting notes on 2022 wines from the southern Rhône. See this guide for all our Rhône 2022 reports. Above, Ali finding his way to one of the highest-scoring wines in this tasting.

As mentioned in the overview of the southern Rhône, the reds from Châteauneuf in 2022 largely performed very well – it is a very good vintage overall. While the conditions were very hot and dry, and a hailstorm devastated vineyards in La Crau, many producers still managed to make some excellent wines.

Younger vines struggled with the drought, César Perrin of Beaucastel...