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

  • Syrah

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Muscat

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

  • Marsanne

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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

    The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although viticulture in the ares goes...

  • Southern Rhône

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

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Valcombe

    The winery is totally buried, which avoids seasonal temperature variations. The hand picked ha...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • 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

  • Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape la Plume du Peintre Grenache Rhone Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Needs time. Its port-like character shows hints of intense, concentrated complexity. Remove its chastity belt in ten or twenty years and this wine will be a knock-out. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Chateau Saint Jean Cotes du Rhone 2006

    Snoothrank:

    A bit off-putting - the roller-coaster ride of a young wines evolution in bottle. Unlike its previous vintage, the wine is a bit more linear (laser like fruit focus with more expressive alcohol); oak influence rearing its ugly head. Overjoyed to have tasted it, but some infanticide took place with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Clos St Jean Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 750m France-Rhone Red 2005

    Snoothrank:

    One of the most intense wines (in balance) that I have ever tasted. Its richness is kept in check with layers of purity, complexity and texture. This wine bleeds terroir and passionate winemaking. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Clos St Jean Chateauneuf Deus Ex Machina 750m France-Rhone Red 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Best in show. Dark and brooding at first glance. Soft and succulent as you get to know her. Balanced and perfect when you walk away thinking about her. The wines concentration and intensity is focused throughout the experience. Never wavering, cannot find a flaw in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Chapoutier M. Ermitage l'Ermite 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Reggie Jackson circa October 1978. Power, structure, consistency. A true champ. Highlighted with a bit of verve spice, menthol, mint. A spectacular finish. Lingering in the memory. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône-Villages Beaumes-de-Venise le Paradou 2003

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    Elegant and balanced. Soft and polished. Focused purity. Meat. Fruit. Cream. Acts I, II and III. Runs you up the tree. Offers you the options to get down. And finishes with happily ever after. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Perrin les Christins Vacqueras 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jameshull


  • I've gotten a few questions from both consumers and producer about this GTi ... straight for the southern Rhone and write up a Chateauneuf du Pape but I opted instead to pull the Cote du Rhone from my favorite CdP producer: Beaucastel!http://www.snooth.com/wine/chateau-de-beaucastel-cotes-du-rhone-coudoulet-de-beaucastel-2005/As usual Coudoule... Read More

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  • Château de Beaucastel White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc 2005

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    As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly blanket of spicy plum fruits. There are nice mineral, floral and earthen notes here but this is really about wonderfully pure, deep fruit. I love Coudoulet with some age on, I just, regrettably, finishe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • St. Cosme St. Joseph 2005

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    The nose is delicate yet complex with aromas of pepper, dust, earth, spice, and ... ... recommend it to fans of Rhone wine Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony


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