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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  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • 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...

  • 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 de Nalys

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • I spent the last week in the French countryside for work the Loire Valley, ... Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to visit the forests, saw mill and cooperage of Ermitage barrel makers.   I could easily write to you about the barrel making process, once upon a time, in a forest far, far away however, that ... Read More

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  • Louis Bernard Red Rhone Blend Gigondas 2006

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    Nice and smooth, my first introduction to Cotes du Rhone Read More

    Wine review by 4tonmantis


  • Cheval Fou Hermitage 2005

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    A clear deep ruby colored wine with a medium ruby rim.Clean nose with youthful, medium+ intensity aromas of red berry jam, coffee, game, tobacco box, plum, blackberry, oak and mint.A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ balanced alcohol, medium+ body with rich texture and med+ tannins. Medium+ intensity flavors of toast, cedar, savory and smok... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • J. Vidal Fleury Cote Rotie Cotes Blonde et Brune Syrah/Shiraz Rhone 2001

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    A clear opaque garnet colored win with a pale garnet rim.Clean medium+ intensity herbaceous nose with toast, spice, baked cherry, mint, black olive, black pepper, leather, violet cassis and new oak aromas.Dry with medium+ acidity, medium alchohol, full-body, medium+ tannins (coarse and chewy), medium+ intensity flavors of blackberry, toast, leat... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Jean-Luc Colombo les Bartavelles Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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    A clear medium ruby colored wine with a pale ruby rim with just a hint of ... ... ... medium length.A southern Rhone blend with medium complexity. It needs decanting, but doesn't seem like it will age too well. Not for m Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2006

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    A clear deep opaque purple colored wine with a purple rim - little variation ... ... tannins. A Cotes du Rhone with plenty of Syr Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux Fayard 2006

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    Wine review by julioiglesias


  • Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux Fayard Côtes du Ventoux 2007

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  • Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux Fayard 2003

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  • Domaine de Fondreche Côtes du Ventoux 2004

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