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.
– Description from juliabutareva

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Varietals Produced in Northern Rhône View all

  • 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,...

  • Grenache Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

  • Viognier

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

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

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

  • André Perret

    Verlieu-Chavanay is a small village 15 km south of Vienne and is the place where André Perret pra...

  • Domaine Courbis

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

    GEORGES VERNAY created the family business with 1.5 hectares of AOC Condrieu " Coteau du Vernon ...

  • 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

  • Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2010

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    Very earthy nose. Medium bodied on initial introduction to the mouth. Flavors seem to match earthiness of the nose. I cant think of a single fruit flavor that I might use to describe this. As a stretch I might suggest vegetative hints like bell pepper or asparagus. Quite tart as it passes towards the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Guigal Condrieu 1991

    Snoothrank:

    Was beautiful. Waxy, almond, banana, clove.Anyone you read or listened said it was dead, but it was far from it. Tasted awesome!! Read More

    Wine review by chihawksdan


  • "Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rhone misses Burgundy, ... Rhone region, home of the Northern Rhone (Syrah and Viognier) and the Southern Rhone (blends, mostly)."Technically correct, but the Saone, which gives the 'Cote d'Or' its cotes while it runs through Burgundy is really just one of the major feeder tributaries into the Rhon... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • Darrin Vogler is about to take the "Snarky in a nice way" title from ... Rhone region, home of the Northern Rhone (Syrah and Viognier) and the Southern Rhone (blends, mostly).  I think the big rivers in Burgundy are the Saone and the Yonne, while the Loire forms one boundary of the region.  (The Loire--it's everywhere!) Lots of vines and winer... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • JD: Wha?  I was linking to an Aussie wine, I think Long Shadows is WA.  Anyway, the one I was linking to was 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah.  Here's what Jeb Dunnuck (the other JD) had to say about it at Rhone Report:Rhone Report, The - Rhone Report, The, June 2012Absolutely compelling and a dead ringer for a top Côte-Rôtie, the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • JD, if you want to get a French-influenced Oz version you need look no further ... another bottle each from the northern Rhone and Oz. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Correction, I am Cali-Centric. Those are the wines I am thinking of opening. All my Northern Rhone wines are gone. It's up to the rest of you to fill some gaps. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Hey OT,Thanks for getting this re-ignited!I am going to check on the ... nice ... ... nice Syrahs up here in Northern Rhone style co-fermented with a bit of Viognier, 100% Syrah and Southern Rhone style blended with Grenache or Grenache and Mourvedre.I am a sucker for any kind of comparison.  Verticals, horizontals, region v. region etc.  I w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline


  • I'm not as fond of Syrah as most here...and can kind of relate to the one ... favorites have been from the northern Rhone and they had a hint of green to the fruit, freshness is a huge key for me. Glad our schedules seem to align.How's July 19t Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...


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