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Focus on the Southern Rhone

Last year, after tasting the 2007 southern Rhônes, especially the top wines from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône, and the most hallowed appellation of the south, Châteauneuf du Pape, I stated it was “the vintage of a lifetime.”

Tasting the 2007s out of bottle has confirmed my thoughts – this is a truly historic and profoundly great vintage.

I have never tasted better Côtes du Rhônes, Gigondas, or sumptuous, rich, complex Vacqueyras than the 2007s. Moreover, the profoundly concentrated, vividly aromatic, and remarkably fresh, yet substantial, full-bodied, and flawless 2007 Châteauneuf du Papes I tasted in the southern Rhône in late August and September were unforgettable.

The 2007s are just hitting retailers’ shelves, but they will disappear quickly.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., October 31, 2009
Focus on the Southern Rhone