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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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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...

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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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  • 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...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Nages

    I come from a long line of winemakers so my degree in Agricultural Engineering naturally destined...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • My friend had some wines in a cement cellar up in Lake Tahoe.  She is not ... ... 20023)  Cotes du Rhone  J.Vidal.Fleury 20064) Wente   Grey Riesling  19 Read More

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  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes-du-Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2013

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    In seeking out some good restaurant whites for the summer, I came across this Rhone white which reflects the inclusion of Roussanne in the blend - lending the nose a subtle white fruit scent of kiwi, gooseberry, fresh concrete and soft herbs. The entry is soft, with spring water cleanliness and pear-like flavours. For the price, you get gentle... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013

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    This edition of the Louis Bernard Southern Rhone white blend is consistent with prior vintages - to wit, it has an appetizing nose of citrus fruit, kiwi, and perhaps peach while the flavours are toward the side of gooseberry and other tart white berries or fruit. Very palate cleansing and easy drinking for parties. Great value. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Dunc, put that in "Something Completely Different," if you ... ... drinking same vintage of N. Rhone as AOA, but Cornas is a little more in the value realm.  ($50 for any Hermitage is pretty much a steal these days, isn't it?  I bought a little Colombier a few years back for $40, but not seeing anything like that these days. I did manage to la... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Guigal Cotes Rouge 2007

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  • Cndp Vieux Donjon 2010

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    2011 Read More

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  • Cndp Vieux Telegraphe 2010

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  • As I said, I took it easy today.  I didn't leave the house until it ... just one glass from this GSM Rhone blend that I picked up at Total Wine recently for around $20.  It tastes quite nice actually.  I was surprised to see a 2009 bottle because their label on the shelf said 201 Read More

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  • I've enjoyed a few Bordeaux wines but I haven't tried anything over ... Viking River Cruise down the Rhone and Saone rivers though.   Sometimes I have found Bordeaux wines a little flat in the finish, but not in a bad way.  Maybe it was the food pairing or something.  My favorite wine of all are the high-end cabs from Napa.  I would take those... Read More

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  • AOA, I've had fun doing some side by sides with Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Cotes du Rhone Villages, although Chateauneuf du Pape can be a bit of a different beast.To compliment EMarks post above we opened the Apsara Rivers Reach Sauv Blanc this evening. This is not about grapefruit but more subtle and balanced citrus and stone fruit. There's plent... Read More

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