Northern Rhône Wine

 

The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. Here, the Rhone Valley is steep and narrow, and the powerful mistral wind blows through it. The best vineyards are on terraced slopes. Syrah is the most important grape variety, and some of the red wines made from it stand with the best of Bordeaux. The following appellations produce mostly red wines made from Syrah, as well as a small amount of white wine: Cote Rotie (no white), St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas (no white), and Hermitage. Condrieu and Chateau Grillet both make unique wines from Viognier. Chateau Grillet is a monopole -- an entire appellation that belongs to only one producer. There are also sparkling white wines made in St-Peray from Marsanne and Roussanne.
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Varietals Produced in Northern Rhône View all

  • Grenache Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

Subregions of Northern Rhône

  • Condrieu

    Condrieu (From the French coin de ruisseau meaning "corner of the brook") is a French wine-growin...

  • Cornas

    Cornas is a major appellation in the northern Rhone. Only red Cornas is made. Cornas easily app...

  • Côte-rôtie

      Cote Rotie, or the “roasted slope,” was first noticed by the Romans for its perfect exposu...

  • Hermitage

      The Northern Rhone’s most important appellation, Hermitage is a south-facing slope overloo...

  • Crozes-hermitage

      Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, both in terms of acreage and...

  • St. Joseph

    St-Joseph St-Joseph is an appellation in the Northern Rhone. The red wines for which it is...

Popular Wineries in Northern Rhône View all

  • Herve Souhaut

    The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Herve Souhaut. It was constituted progre...

  • Domaine Courbis

    Laurent and Dominique COURBIS are running the family domaine the origins of which go back to the ...

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

    The Saint Desirat cellar is located in the Saint Joseph AOC on the terraces that run along the ri...

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471 http://www.domainedumurinais.com/

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • I have just finished a northern Rhone but a white one,a Saint-Peray Grain de Silex from Guy Farge.It was certainly an interesting bottle and I have written up a review on here for it  Read More

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  • Saint Peray Grain de Silex Guy Farge 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea ... on the west bank of the northern Rhone valley made from roussannne and marsanne grapes.80% of production is sparkling but my bottle is a still wine. Domaine Guy Farge consists of 17 hectares spread over the Cornas,Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray appellations and this bottle consists ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ferraton Père and Fils Crozes-Hermitage la Matinière 2011

    Snoothrank:

    A whiff of barnyard (but not the good kind) and bit of that gaminess on the front end with muted ripe black plum and dried fig. The tannins were a touch harsh, not the best Rhone blend we've had. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... ... his sauvignon blanc, a northern Rhone style whole cluster syrah, and a really fine cab. He also toured us through the Envy winery, where he makes his Apsara wines. Back in the tasting room we finished off with a late harvest sauv blanc.  L and I agree that ... Read More

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  • Brunel de la Gardine Crozes-Hermitage 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Wonderful bright cherry nose with a hint of red currant and cranberry. A bit of cherry cola on the palate, with a surprisingly thin centre... light to medium density, overall. Lacking gravitas, but tasty and fitting for café style fare (plus). Very much like a modern (Syrah-dominated) Cotes du Ventoux in terms of depth. Should appeal to most p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Rouelle-Midi Condrieu Domaine Vallet 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ www.hhandc.co.uk ]. Condrieu is an AOC created in 1940 [although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans] for white wines made from the viognier grape in 7 communes forming a 12 mile stretch of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the com... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Rostaing Cote Rotie Classique 1999

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/44411 . Cote-Rotie is an AOC created in 1940, although wine-making here goes back to at least the Romans, for red wines located on the west bank of the Rhone about 20 miles south of Lyon. The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope ' because the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have just finished a bottle of northern Rhone, a 2003 Saint-Joseph 'Offerus ' by  J L Chave which I thought was lovely Read More

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  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... in wine making in the northern Rhone since 1481. Jean Louis Chave is the current boss and an exponent of organic viticulture.The domaine is mainly in Hermitage but also operates as a negociant in other AOC's although he has bought some plots in Saint-Joseph.For the 'Offerus ' cu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/64390 . Crozes-Hermitage is an AOC created in 1937 for wines north of Tain/Hermitage [ about 40 miles south of Lyon ] on the east bank of the Rhone,although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans.It is much larger though less prestigious ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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