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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  • 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

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

  • Burger Grape

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...

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  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

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

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website . 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

  • Guigal Hermitage 2001


    Probably corked. Very little fruit, was smooth with nice acidity and strong tannins on the finish. Really disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Cave de Tain Crozes-Hermitage Red 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Blanc "Les Oliviers" 2011


    Much more golden colored in the glass than I would have normally expected. Something of an apply nose with, maybe, a touch of yeast. Some of that apple flavor at the front of the tongue, but that diminishes. Some earthiness or mineral flavors seem to then emerge. Then some pleasant acid tartness. The wine seems to have an unusual mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2010


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote

  • Guigal Condrieu 1991


    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

  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 1964


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  • "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

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