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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  • 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...

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  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • André Perret

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Herve Souhaut

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

  • 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 ...

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage la Mule Blanche 2004


    perfect timing to drink this elegant North of the Rhone valley wine Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Guigal la Landonne Cote Rotie 1991


    No written review

    Wine review by pinothound 97

  • Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Halo21

  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc le Méal 1999


    Medium-deep garnet colour. Medium-pronounced nose of stewed fruit, fig, prune, mushroom. Dry with low acid, low-medium tannin, medium body. Red fruit and dark chocolate on the palate. Medium-good length. 100% Grenache, organic. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle 1989


    Gentle at first with building intensity to the graphite, herbal and cedar tones on the nose. The slightly candied raspberry tones stay lurking but are obvious. Very structured in the mouth with good balance but very youthful tannins and strong acidity. Tight and somewhat unyielding though the fruit does pop on the long finish.88 for now but 94 p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie 1998


    This is a brett BOMB! Metallic and filled with bandaids it's a horror to smell but the palate retains some freshness in a very feral register. The fruit , raw material of the wine was good. too bad 73pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

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