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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Varietals Produced in Northern Rhône View all

  • Grenache Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Viognier

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

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...

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Courbis

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

  • 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

  • Clusel Roch Côte-Rôtie 2010


    A bit simple on the nose with some reduction blowing off revealing simple red cherry fruit framed with notes of meat and earth and topped with some new wood sweetness. This stats out tight in the mouth with faint if transparent raspberry fruit then softens with air. This does have a natural feel to it and once one looks beyond the woody accents ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Franck Balthazar Chaillot Cornas 2010


    Just beautiful on the nose with fresh aromas of violets, black pepper and sweet crushed fruit. Perhaps a touch soft on entry, this firms up in the mouth with fine grained tannins and good acidity supporting slightly gamy and slightly astringent red berry fruit that has a slightly inky feel on the backend and shows fine persistence to the fruit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

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