Rhône Wine

 

Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regions.

The northern Rhone is primarily the land of Syrah. The white wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Here, the Rhone Valley narrows, forming steep terraces on which the vines grow. Cooled by the harsh mistral wind, this region has a continental climate. The major Syrah appellations are, roughly from north to south, Cote-Rotie, Condrieu (Viognier), Chateau-Grillet (Viognier; monopole), Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and Cornas. Saint-Peray is a bit of an oddball here, producing white sparkling wines from Marsanne and Roussanne.

The southern Rhone has a milder climate that moves seamlessly into the Mediterranean climate of Provence. The red wines are made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsaut, and Mourvedre. The major appellations are Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Lirac, Vacqueyras, Costieres de Nimes, and Tavel. The last of these produces only rose wine. The whites Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Rhône View all

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Rhône

  • Ardèche

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  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • Costières-de-nîmes

      Costieres de Nimes is the southernmost appellation in the Southern Rhone, just before it t...

  • Côteaux du Lyonnais

  • Southern Rhône

      Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious ...

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  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

  • Château Beauchêne

    The Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally « mesnagers » or tena...

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • I'll look to bring a N Rhone from the 90's and an Aussie. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Okay, I'm not bringing ANY Cali Syrah because it's duplicative of OT ... And because we need some N. Rhone, of course.  So I'm probably going to bring a bottle of 2007 Alain Voge Cornas Vielles Vignes.  And I'll probably bring it by ahead of time so OT can decant it ahead of time, because my expectation is that it might still be pretty rough. ... Read More

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  • Domaine de la Royère Syrah Blend Côtes du Luberon Loppidum 2009

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    Wine review by jwgwine


  • Noémie Goichot Côtes du Rhône Red 2011

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gabriel Meffre Plan de Dieu Cotes du Rhone Villages "Saint-mapalis" 2012

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    This regular Southern Rhone offering has an excellent sweet cherry nose exuding the essence of Grenache; on the palate, there is more of the same with withering red fruit flavors, some stem-like acerbity and soft tannin on the finish. This is slightly above the usual café style in (say) Gigondas. 85- 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Correction, I am Cali-Centric. Those are the wines I am thinking of opening. All my Northern Rhone wines are gone. It's up to the rest of you to fill some gaps. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • For which I am eternally grateful.But you guys are so US-centric!  ... ... Syrah CAME from the north Rhone. Seems like we should have something from there. Maybe I'll bring something extr Read More

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  • Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux Bedoin Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses 2012

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    Quite refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Buti Nages 2012

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    Nice quality mid-week quaff from the southern Rhone. Nice stone fruits, ripe pear and melon with medium acidity and short to medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I'll double check the schedule, but sounds highly likely.  I can also ... World can make a really N. Rhone styled wine (and I'm thinking more C-R/Herm/Cornas than St. Jo) that will make forgoing those pricey French bottles tolerable.  The limitation is that most of us don't have those La-La-La wines to put into the competition.  Having gone on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline


  • Hi everyone, I have never tasted a Condrieu or Chateau Grillet. Could anyone kind enough to tell me their impressions of the wine and share their tasting notes with me?Cheers

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  • Mourvedre... any favs avail that you love? I live in California and have tasted and liked the Livermore Valley Mourvedres as well as the Amador/shenandoah valley Mourvedres.. any more suggestions??? I also love Carignane as well....

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