Rhône Vintage Report by Jaboulet: A mediocre vintage, to be forgotten, except for the wines produced on the slopes which are very good wines in small quantities.
The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,386,449 Hl.
In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 26th. September and finished on the 19th. October.
A good Autumn follows the 1971 harvest, warm for the season, too dry even. The winter is drizzly, too mild, with no frosts, which is rare. In April, a few weeks of good weather but then the weather turns bad and finally the Spring is neither good nor warm : even cold for the season. The summer which follows is no better. So, altogether, a poor season for growth.
The harvest is good at the beginning, then towards the end it rains.