Vintage 2021 in Rhône by Michel Tardieu

Vintage 2021 in Rhône by Michel Tardieu

Back to the future! Vintage 2021 was incontestably a thumb to the nose of the last "solar" vintage which we have seen recently in the Rhone Valley. Real 30-year flashback, typically reminiscent of more classical harvest dates in the Vindémiare calendar and phenolic maturity from the 90s. Indeed, this vintage has given us, on all levels, a lot of emotions. Blame it on the particularly capricious weather conditions, sweet understatement! Extreme frost episode from 7th to 9th April, with some temperatures nearing -10ºC, affected without exception almost all the French vineyards. Cataclysmic observations:…Read more
2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

2017 Vintage : how terribly meager yields can give birth to a Naturally Great Year !

If we look at the half empty glass - or tank -, frustration, and even sadness, will overwhelm us : historically small yields in France. The lowest of the post-war years. Cellars are empty. Clearly, one has to state that climate hazards, methodically, worked against us this year, in a succession of definitely adverse events : an abnormally cool spring caused frost, then grape shatter, on all of Rhone cépages, and, more particularly, Grenache. This cruel Spring followed up on a dauntingly dry summer… In the end, the yields in juice are tragically…Read more
Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vallée du Rhône 2015 by Michel Tardieu

Vintage in "5", vintage which bring good luck. Often... Spell of the years in «5»? The fact is that, in recent decades, Vintages ending in «5» –1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015– , carry success stories, in Vallée du Rhône, but also, more generally, in the whole of the Vineyards of France. It must be said that 2015 put the odds on its side, with almost optimal climatic conditions for each and every season of the year! Thus, winter is rainy, allowing vines to benefit from good water reserves. Spring awakening is somewhat late…Read more