2022 Rhône Report – now available!

The result of three weeks in the Rhône and tasting over 1,200 wines, my full report on the 2022 vintage is now available on decanter.com.

It contains a general introduction to the vintage in both the Southern and Northern Rhône, and more focused sections on all the different crus. Not to mention full tasting notes and scores on the 400 most notable wines of the year, across a variety appellations, styles, colours and budgets.

The 2022 vintage broke several weather records – it was one of the hottest and driest since records began. But if you’re expecting jammy, boozy monsters then think again. Vines often went into ‘security mode’ due to the extreme conditions and stopped ripening – so often the wines are less ripe and alcoholic than a typical year.

Both the south and north faced similar conditions, making for a very mixed year in terms of quality… but some brilliant wines.

If you’re considering buying some 2022s, it’s worth knowing which wines excelled and which ones didn’t – subscribers to Decanter Premium can click here, or you can read edited versions on the Northern and Southern Rhône in the February and March editions of the magazine.

Photo credit: Luke Carver