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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

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

  • Domaine Courbis

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

  • Herve Souhaut

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie 1998


    A bit of wet dog greats the nose but the core of juniper and olive tinged black fruits is deep and broad. Delicious in the mouth with a bright freshness and excellent depth. The balance is impeccable with very fine tannins lurking just beneath the skin of taut fruit. Long and with a powerful finish that builds on the richness of the mid-palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 1990


    A great nose with real freshness to the shoe polish, leather, olive and roast meat tones. Big and fleshy in the mouth though a bit obvious and clumsy at the same time. Lovely in a rowdy sort of way. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Clape A. Cornas 1988


    This has a great bottle aged quality to the nose with a subtle sweetness adding depth to the funghi, bean starch and leather notes. Gains classic olive and woodsmoke notes which add some interest in the mouth with it's relaxed character and good length. Just a touch too loose for me, a good but not great bottle. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Noël Verset Syrah Cornas 1997


    A classic horsey nose with feral notes, shoe leather, iron and coal over deep , dark olive tinged fruit. Sweet on entry with juicy black fruit that is dark but monolithic. Good length and balance, this could stand some more time in the cellar as the palate has yet to catch up with the expressive aromatics. Still this is very fine. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Guigal White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Marcost

  • Blanc Crozes-Hermitage 'Petite Ruche' Aoc Mo M. Chapoutier Tain Frankreich Côtes du Rhône Septentrionale Chapoutier Michel 2005


    Smooth and definitely ready to drink now Read More

    Wine review by mallard

  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1989


    This is very animale and agressively smokey in the glass with a core of black earthy fruit lurking underneath. Slowly notes of parsley root and a deeply imbedded green streak emerge from the dense cocoa tinged core. Offering excellent integration on the palate, this is a smaller scaled Chave more in line with vintages like 1995 and 1985 than som... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Guigal White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Côte Rôtie Tardieu-Laurent Tardieu-Laurent 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by Strumerika

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