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"...

  • Muscat

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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • Marsanne

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

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • A few recent purchases. Thanks to RCKR1951 for the H3 Blend suggestion, this ... 10% MourvedreAn excellent Rhone blend. An old world overtone with a hint of jamminess.Almansa Laya 2014, Spain70% Garnacha Tintorera, 30% MonastrellThis is a voluptuous, curvaceous (aka full-bodied) new world blend. Another Spanish region that has my attention.H3 ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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    A little rust at the edges. Needed 24 hours of decanting to open up. At seven years the fruit has diminished and was a solid wine with prime rib on Christmas day. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015

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    Floral lemon and sunflower seed notes with candied citrus peel and a touch of melon. Fleshy and warm on the palate, this has good lemon fruit flavors and a creamy nuttiness towards the mid palate that adds another dimension of almond and macadamia nuts, finishing with more citrus blossom and a squeeze of peach preserves. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chave/J.L. Selection Saint-Joseph Blanc Celeste 2012

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    Beautiful nose of honeyed pear and elderflower with light lemon and grapefruit notes and a hint of oak spice. Silky smooth in the mouth on entry, this is redolent of peach cobbler with fresh green apple and ripe melon notes and a creamy toast alongside a buttery finish of hazelnut and wooded spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015

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    Floral blossom, white peach and golden apple aromas with lemon shortbread and sun dried hay notes on the nose. Unctuous, creamy and full bodied with generous baked apple, persimmon and peach fruit, a vanilla cream center and a lemon drop candied note delicate on the edges. Finishes with excellent length and more creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Blanc 2014

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    Lemon meringue, peach and green apple aromas, somewhat simple but pronounced and pleasant. This has a tart, round and creamy palate of grapefruit, lemon and pear with restrained oak spice and zesty acidity yielding to dried herb towards the finish and a slow fading warmth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Marrenon Grand Marrenon Luberon Blanc 2014

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    Round and chubby aromas of juicy white peach, tangerine and potpourri on the nose. Thick and silky in the mouth with chewy candy tropical fruits, fresh melon and lemon zest, this is mouth coating and carries a bit of heft with it, but is a bit lighter towards the finish, with excellent length, cantaloupe and chamomile flowers, with a dusting of ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, France)Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Échézeaux, 1997 (Cote de Nuits, France)Chateau Margaux, 1982 (Bordeaux, France)Domaine Dujac, Chambolle-Musigny, 2004 (Cote de Nuits, France)Chateau d’Yquem, 1986 (Sauternes, France)Matalj, Kremen Kamen, 2011 (Negotin, Serbia)Brki, Mj... Read More

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  • Greg's opinions shouldn't really count in this context since he's a ... a ... sop for him (southern Rhone or Priorat). I've had some Priorat garnachas that almost taste like burgundies, anyway.Greg, what was your F-i-L playing?BLM, do you smoke any of your sausage?Great photo, DV. He was famous for spending way too many hours and days and week... Read More

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  • Venison sausage?  I'd go Gigondas or CdP myself, with GregT on the ... fruit.  Syrah a la N. Rhone is also a good match, as is an aged CCR or BdM.  Good on you, BLM, for making sausage. Matching the music to the wine, too?  Now we're getting into the esoterica.  Pretty soon we'll be factoring in the decor, too.&nbs Read More

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