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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Grenache Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

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 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...

  • Domaine du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471 http://www.domainedumurinais.com/

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • 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...

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • E. Guigal Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003

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    Aroma of some tar and and dar fruit. This wine starts with a spash of rasperry which intesifies upon the finish Excellent balance of sweetnes, acidity, and very subtle tanins. Read More

    Wine review by jkagel


  • I spent the last week in the French countryside for work the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to visit the forests, saw mill and cooperage of Ermitage barrel makers.   I could easily write to you about the barrel making process, once upon a time, in a forest far, far away however, that would ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ermitage


  • Cheval Fou Hermitage 2005

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    A clear deep ruby colored wine with a medium ruby rim.Clean nose with youthful, medium+ intensity aromas of red berry jam, coffee, game, tobacco box, plum, blackberry, oak and mint.A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ balanced alcohol, medium+ body with rich texture and med+ tannins. Medium+ intensity flavors of toast, cedar, savory and smok... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • J. Vidal Fleury Cote Rotie Cotes Blonde et Brune Syrah/Shiraz Rhone 2001

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    A clear opaque garnet colored win with a pale garnet rim.Clean medium+ intensity herbaceous nose with toast, spice, baked cherry, mint, black olive, black pepper, leather, violet cassis and new oak aromas.Dry with medium+ acidity, medium alchohol, full-body, medium+ tannins (coarse and chewy), medium+ intensity flavors of blackberry, toast, leat... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2006

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    A clear deep opaque purple colored wine with a purple rim - little variation between rim and core. A medium+ viscosity wine with stained tears that point to a wine made from grapes with thick skins and/or a hot climate.A clean medium intensity youthful nose with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, tobacco, earth, wet leaf, meat, black pepper and a ... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by rcscgrhpx


  • Crozes Hermitage Equinoxe 2008

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    really wonderful wine: the longer this stays open the more it opens up into great earthy, vegetal, and dirty qualities without loosing any of the fruit that is brewing just beneath these almost fresh forest floor smells. So great, medium bodied, well balanced tannins. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Guigal la Doriane Condrieu 2006

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    A clear medium+ intensity lemon-gold colored wine fading to a thin, pale rim.A clean nose with pronounced youthful aromas of apricot, peach, honeysuckle, honey, flowers, nuttiness, and sweet spice. An oak creaminess, strong minerality and alcohol are all apparent on the nose.In the mouth, a dry wine with low to medium acidity, medium+ body and l... Read More

    Wine review by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • M. Chapoutier "Les Arenes" Primeur Cornas Rouge Vallée du Rhône France 150.00 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by bryanjmatthews


  • Noel Verset-Cornas Cornas Northern Rhone 2000

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    Verset is the Patriarch of Cornas. His wines are elegant, incredibly well balanced, and built to age but accessible even when young. Great tannis, lots of deep berry notes, and hints of chocolate. He still makes his own wine in a small garage. Read More

    Wine review by Pelaverga


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