In the Northern Rhône, conditions were slightly different following a particularly harsh winter. ‘The season has been long and difficult, as the winter was tough with a long period below freezing and very windy. Then the spring was rainy and the disease pressure on the vines very strong with lots of vegetative growth early,’ said Matthieu Barret of Domaine du Coulet in Cornas. “But by the beginning of July it was dry until the end of August. Harvest time started on the 17th of September and ran to the 5th of October and it was mostly dry and sunny. It's early but the vintage seems to be elegant and juicy with intense aromas.