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1983 Rhone

Arguably the finest Northern Rhône vintage of the 80s although quality in the Southern Rhône wines was much more variable. In the north early summer rains were followed by drought-like conditions in late July and throughout August. Temperatures remained exceptionally high throughout September and super-ripe grapes were harvested.

In Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie exceptional wines were produced - they are characterised by their depth of colour and complexity and display marvellous intensity and concentration on the palate with the best examples being extremely long-lived.

In the south quality suffered from the heavy rains that fell during the harvest. However the best wines are well balanced and eminently drinkable - they are all now fully mature.

1983 Rhone