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...

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  • 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 Georges Vernay

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

  • 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 ...

  • André Perret

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

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  • By far the most famous appellation in California, and for that matter in the USA is the Napa Valley. Encompassing virtually all of Napa County as well as 14 distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Area), this extensive valley system, about an hours drive north of San Francisco, is home to the cradle of Californias viticultural history. While Caber... Read More

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  • Paul Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage France Red NV


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  • Paul Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage France Red NV


    Parallel is a solid table win to have around. Nothing spectacular but good value in the $10 range. Read More

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  • Pierre Amadieu Crozes-Hermitage les Caladieres 2006


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  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 1990


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  • Nothing is as humbling, as clearly façade crushing and as egalitarian as that ... the wines were, mostly 2005 Northern Rhones, but did not know which bottle was which. As usual there were some serious surprises in store for us at the unveil! But now lets go to the notes. The list2006 Dom du Tunnel St. Joseph about $352005 JL Chave Crozes hermi... Read More

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  • Cornas "Chaillot" 2005


    Oh my this is a surprise. There has been a mini proliferation of Cornas producers on the market lately but this Balthazar takes the cake! This is great Syrah floral with deep notes of classic violets, minerality in spades, you can smell the granite and oozing, warm baked berries. The incipient spice note unfurl slowly with hints of cracked black... Read More

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  • Philippe Faury St. Joseph 2005


    This is lovely with a classic peppery, feral, savory nose that recalls red fruits, tobacco, and a butchers shop. In the mouth the wine is still very young and disjointed with a lack of focus to the earthy, dried floral toned fruit. With air this gains a bit of complexity adding some spicy nuances and fills out a bit with a touch of drying tannin... Read More

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  • Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie 2004


    This is still very open with ripe orchard fruits, dried herbs that recall tobacco and sizzling bacon exploding from the glass. Perhaps a bit sweeter than Jamet of the past but with great intensity and force on the nose. In the mouth there is the immediate impact of the highish acidity. With air this rounds out well and reveals more than enough f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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