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...

  • 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...

  • 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 du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471

  • 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...

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

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

  • 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...

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

  • Cheval Fou Hermitage 2005


    This opens very slowly and is full of powerful, dark scents. Licorice, earth, a touch of roasting coffee bean and roast meat notes dominate the nose. In the mouth this is taut and focused with excellent weight and depth though the lovely blackberry fruit notes are embedded in penetrating minerality and the wall of very fine grained tannins keep ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • B Levet Cote Rotie les Journaires 2005


    Wow this smells like crap, sulphur and petrol dominate but there seems to be very aromatic, gamey, feral fruit laying in wait underneath. Tough in the mouth and very structured and lean. Seems intended for the long haul with the sulphur and structure this will need a decade to come around. I am stumped. The feel and weight are definitely Cote Ro... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Joel Champet Cote Rotie 2005


    Shallow and floral at first with stemmy tones and a slight woodiness. Real herbaceous quality with a peppery edge, here almost smells like a bit of Cab franc made its way into the blend. This is lightish in the mouth with stemmy tannins and soft intensity but layers of leather, clay, savory meatiness and ripe fruits offer a gentle complexity. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine du Tunnel Cornas 2005


    Reticent at first with a growing core of meaty fruit then significant woodpsice and smoky tones and finally top notes of flowers, sweet fruit and savory meats. This is round and fleshy in the mouth with a touch of mushroomy earthiness. Extracted and powerful yet balanced. This really only speaks on the finish with its very fine, lean, mineral co... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Renaissance 2005


    Just bursting with intense fruitiness and a touch of oaken spice this is simple and modern on the nose. A touch soft in the mouth and even loose this seems both over-cropped and over-extracted with a very industrial feel that combines a hollow midpalate with somewhat austere tannins. With time this gains a bit of elegance but really only because... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Daryl Wine Shop 2006


    Very fine on the nose with superb purity to the syrah fruit with blackberry, floral/herbal nuance, granitic minerality and a touch of wood. Very well balanced in the mouth with bright red fruits given good thrust by the bright, juicy acids, finishes a bit short and tight at this point with lovely cranberry fruit in a lean, sinewy package. There ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Paul Joboulet Aene Hermitage "Domaine de Thalabert" 2005


    Restrained at first gently unfolding to reveal a core of sweet fruit combining excellent intensity and complexity, a complete nose This is made a touch more appealing by the subtly sweet wood spice tones. Rich and integrated in the mouth, nicely balanced, precise minerality. Very fine medium bodied balance with great power and depth, perfect de... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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