Nice enough article by EricAsimov in today's NYTimes on Gigondas: NYTimes: Asimov/Gigondas
His point that it's a small step up from CotesDuRhone to Gigondas, but a large
step up from Gigondas to ChateauneufDuPape is well taken, I thought.
At its best, Châteauneuf du Pape can be a majestic wine, e.g. Beaucastel and Rayas, but there are too many out there which are over jammy, over alcoholic and over-priced. Amongst "lesser" southern Rhônes there are many estates which routinely produce delicious wines which avoid these traps; Oratoire St.Martin and Richaud at Cairanne, Soumade at Rasteau and Gramenon spring to mind as well as some of the better estates at Gigondas and Vacqueyras. On the less fashionable right bank of the Rhône, Domaine Ste.Anne and Réméjeanne also achieve excellent results.
For my palate 2010s are preferable to 2009s; they have an extra zest of acidity which makes far more of them into bottles which one finishes.
Nice article by Azimov, subject to the above reservations.
Both NYTimes and SFChronicle (see recent post on Sicilian whites) seem to do better wine articles
than any I have found in UK or French language dailies, with the possible exception of Jancis R's column in Saturday's Financial Times.