Northern Rhône 2021 overall vintage rating: 2.5/5
Consistently excellent white wines, but reds very mixed due to severe frost and a mild, rainy season. Some are weak and green, others very good in a fresh and structured style.
‘The style of 2021 is light, lean and fresh, with high acidity, low alcohol and strict tannins…but for many producers making red wines, 2021 will be a year best forgotten. For white wines, the opposite is true.’
Northern Rhône 2021 red wine of the vintage
M Chapoutier, L’Ermite, Hermitage
Northern Rhône 2021 white wine of the vintage
Stéphane Ogier, Les Vieilles Vignes de Jacques Vernay, Condrieu
If the southern Rhône had a tough year in 2021, the northern Rhône had it even worse. When talking to growers, one word that came up time and time again was ‘exhausting’. On paper, this was a disastrous vintage, but it was worth fighting for – some producers pulled excellent wines out of their hats. Not many, but some.
Top-scoring northern Rhône 2021 wines:
The wines below all scored 95 points or above, and are listed white then red in score order.