Rhöne Vintage Report by Jaboulet: In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 22nd. September and finished on the 16th. October. An exceptionally mild autumn, with several beneficial showers. It is a good time to note that for the past ten years or so, we have seen a change in the seasons. That is to say, poor springs and good autumns, with many more good vintages as a result. This remark is even further justified by the vintages of 1988, 1989 and 1990.
A mild winter follows at first, but then the end of winter is very cold with a lot of snow : typical wintry weather. Early Spring is pleasant, but later it rains so much that growth is retarded through lack of heat. June and July are bad. On the other hand, August and early September are good. The harvest had relatively good weather and some rain. Finally, with healthy grapes, spraying for rot has given very good results. In red, we have produced some very nice wines with a certain elegance, though not very full-bodied. They will be ready to drink quite soon and they merit ONE STAR. They are very saleable wines.
The white wines are well-formed, with maybe a little lack of tang, but with their acidic foundation they will keep well.