2021 was a very challenging year for France and Cotes du Rhone. The vintage set off to a precocious start. A mild, damp Autumn in 2020 was followed by a short cold spell in January ʼ21, before February’s Saharan winds brought unseasonable highs of 10-18°C, advancing the vegetative cycle in the vineyard. Jerome was very cautious and diligent with his team in the vineyard to delay a bit the maturity (late winter pruning). Within the Southern region, however, all was not homogenous. Gigondas emerged largely unscathed, particularly higher up near the Dentelles de Montmirail where the altitude allowed frost to roll off. Jerome Parcel of Four Danuga was luckily high enough to limit its exposure to the frost bite. Hand in hand with mildew is, of course, humidity. Late spring/summer 2021 saw plenty of this, with bouts of heavy rain falling throughout. Together with cooler temperatures and less than average sunshine, this also roused fears of coulure or uneven ripening. A small heatwave through the second part of July into early August, saw daytime temperatures rise to 36°C. This saved much of the harvest by facilitating bunch ripening and allowing phenolic maturity to develop. Jerome was able to navigate through these challenges and develop a wine extremely well balance and complex, which brush off all prejudice you may have on 2021.