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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  • 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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  • 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...

  • André Perret

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

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

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

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

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

  • 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

  • Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Ampodium 2010


    Tight and a bit reduced on the nose, this opens slowly to reveal a nice white pepper top note over fresh mineral flecked raspberry aromas. Elegant and refined in the mouth with an appealing transparency to the mulberry tinged fruit that is framed with nuanced mint and balsamic notes. This is a bit front loaded in the mouth with high toned fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Saint Joseph. Michel et Stephane Ogier 2009


    Nearly perfect, affordable wine from winemaker of hermitage and cru. ["Rhone/Costieries de Nimes" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 20 April 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Gérard & Jean-Louis Chave Saint Joseph Gérard and Jean-Louis Chave 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Gaillard Pierre Cote Rotie Cote Rozier 2005


    What a beautiful expression of the Cote-Rotie! The quintessential scent of Syrah with Cola, blackberry and bramble is there in abundance. This wine would last another 5 years at least, but works well today with (still) youthful vigor that reminds me of trips to Haida Gwaii and the southern Alaska. What beauty! Only Washington State and British... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau-Grillet Neyret-Gachet Chateau-Grillet 2001


    Floral, with rose notes. Nice coating to the mouth, without being too syrupy. We enjoyed this at Gramercy Tavern, April 2013. Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers

  • Domaine Courbis Syrah St. Joseph 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  •  Here's the lineup...just finished getting bottles prepped. Also about ... Cote-Rotie, 2006 - France/ Northern Rhone/ Cote-Rotie Bodegas El Nido "Clio", 2010 - Spain/ Jumilla *Mystery Wine – This will be an older wine served blind. Guess the year, grape, and country of origin, just for kick Read More

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  • Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage 'Les Launes' 2009


    This Delas Crozes Hermitage is lightish with a leathery prune, rye flour and cranberry (acidic fruit) nose. The body is medium with modest structure - though the balance is good and the fresh acidity is palate-cleansing. A good wine for lighter meats or on the patio. Drink now through 2015. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hermitage M Sorrel 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £25.Hermitage is one of the most prestigious appellations in the Rhone valley having once been favoured by Louis XIV and the Russian tsars.It takes its name from a chapel or hermitage built in 1224 by a crusader knight called Caspar de Sterimberg on a hill... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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