Breaking News: Wine Spectator 2010
Rhone Greatest vintage Ever!?
Wine Spectator Insider Special Report:
France’s Southern Rhône valley So far, I’ve blind-tasted over 400 Southern Rhônes from the 2010 vintage, with more to go. Right now, 2010 looks to be the most compelling vintage in the Southern Rhône I have tasted since I began covering the region. The wines combine the ripe, vivid fruit of warm years like ’07 and ’09 with the tannic spine of a classic vin de garde year such as ’05, all laced with mouthwatering acidity from a racy vintage like ’01. It’s a rare combination that has resulted in many producers hitting high-water marks with their wines, including Domaine St.-Préfert and Château de St.-Cosme, two of the most exciting domaines in the region today. The vintage is exciting throughout the south, not just in the glamour appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape—there is a 99-point Gigondas here. However, yields were down 20 to 40 percent for many producers, so you may need to move fast to get the wines you want. This selection of 55 just-released wines provides a glimpse at how special 2010 is. The complete roundup will appear in the Nov. 30 issue of Wine Spectator. Be sure to see the six 97-point and higher Hot Wines on page 6.
Does yesterday’s Wine Spectator Insider mean that 2010 Southern Rhône is the Greatest Vintage Ever for the Chateauneuf du Pape and the rest of the Rhône’s southern valley!?!
Reading James Molesworth’s intro sure seems to indicate that the 2010 vintage is the greatest vintage he has tasted since his time at the magazine. If that is the case then the 2010 vintage is bound to be scored on par with the 2005 vintage which Molesworth awarded 97 points. The highest rating ever for a Southern Rhône vintage by the Wine Spectator.
Currently the online vintage Chart has the 2010 vintage as 94-97 points overall but all signs are pointing for the November Wine Spectator Rhône Report to be a massive one—hailing the 2010 vintage the Greatest Ever for the valley.
All signs point to greatness and Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate is also in agreement praising the vintage as being only second to 2007.
Hurry to secure your favorite producers before it is too late as wines are disappearing fast. And if the initial scores of yesterday’s Wine Spectator’s Insider is an indication as to the scores that are yet to come there is plenty of 95 plus point wines to come!