Rhône 2022 – Gigondas

Les Dentelles rising up behind Ali as he stands in a vineyard in Gigondas

A tough vintage in this dramatic region, but worth looking for the gems. See Rhône 2022 – a guide for more reports on the north and south. Above, Les Dentelles de Montmirail rise up behind Ali on his morning run.

In September 2022, after years of lobbying, Gigondas received the official go-ahead to produce white wines under the appellation Gigondas. This is exciting for producers as the Clairette-dominant wines of the appellation show great potential. Unfortunately, it is only from 2023 vintage that they can officially be labelled as such. So 2022 remains a vintage of only reds.

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