Learn more about 1996 Rhone
Some excellent wines were produced this year but it is important to pick your grower carefully, as quality was not that consistent, particularly in the Southern Rhône.
In the Northern Rhône the growing season was long and fairly even, with warm rather than hot temperatures in July and August. September was dry and fine but it was important that growers harvested as late as possible to ensure physiological ripeness in the grapes. The wines are well structured and are characterised by their purity of fruit as well as their high levels of extract and firm but svelte tannins.
The Southern Rhône witnessed more variable weather conditions with a damp July followed by a cool August and a rain-affected September. Strict selection was necessary and those properties that harvested late have produced well-balanced and supple wines that will provide excellent drinking early on.