Rhône – some older vintages

Monteillet Condrieu 1997

Tasting notes on older Rhône wines spanning five decades.

As a late addendum to my coverage of the 2018 vintage in the Rhône, this collection of tasting notes covers older vintages. Most of them were tasted while visiting the Rhône in October 2019. They include the pictured Condrieu from 1997 – for which only the photo survives, tragically (my tasting note for it has gone AWOL).

Two of the most prestigious names of the northern and southern Rhône, Jean-Louis Chave and Clos des Papes respectively, are also two of the most generous in opening verticals of their top wines. Anyone lucky enough to...