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

    The Art Farm - The funnest place in the Ardeche. Art, Music, Design, Eco-building, Food, Wine...

  • 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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  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

    Le Domaine de Chante Cigale is in the family since the XIX° century, where the generations of vin...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • HaHa-- I remember it being pretty darned good with Hearty Burgundy, though we ... red from S. Africa or the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, or CA.  This year we've decided to delve into the good stuff we've been saving.We Americans have become, I think, much, much more interested in and appreciative of wine since 1964!    It's like a different world. ... Read More

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  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... and respect.Where Cote du Rhone sits today in the hierarchy of things was where CdP once was.Another thing Parker did, and for which he should get credit IMO, was champion cleaner winemaking, which he found in California. CdPs were brett factories. Actually so was ... Read More

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  • "However, that's exactly the thing that's to me unique about ... ... ... - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle."Greg, I've found a few others. Latour in Bordeaux is the first to pop to mind. It not only balances out when aged properly, but grows into something larger an... Read More

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  • There's definitely something to be said about older Barolo and Barbaresco. ... ... - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle. Seems like you had some really nice wines! Good job.Wish I had been smart enough to buy a bunch of them back in the day.&nbs Read More

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  • JD: Wha?  I was linking to an Aussie wine, I think Long Shadows is ... ... JD) had to say about it at Rhone Report:Rhone Report, The - Rhone Report, The, June 2012Absolutely compelling and a dead ringer for a top Côte-Rôtie, the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah Yarra Valley offers up gorgeous aromas of fresh black and red raspberry, cracked black peppe... Read More

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  • Domine Saladin Cotes du Rhone Villages Fan de Lune 2006

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  • Ditto on being biased against Chapoutier, and all the more so if he's ... ... it at the lower end of the Rhone Valley, and a smattering of C-H and St. Joseph, but what I had didn't impress me at all.  I've got some inclination to search around for a Jaboulet Hermitage, esp if I can talk some friends into discounting it a bit. BTW, Terlato owns... Read More

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  • JD, if you want to get a French-influenced Oz version you need look no further ... ... each from the northern Rhone and Oz. Read More

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

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  • 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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  • 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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