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

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Northern Rhône View all

  • Herve Souhaut

    The Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet was created in 1993 by Herve Souhaut. It was constituted progre...

  • Domaine du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471

  • 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...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

  • 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

  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003


    Really nice nose of white pepper, figs, Christmas spice and berries. Nicely aged, with some pleasant mustiness, figs and smooth tannins. Nice long finish on soft eastern spices. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003


    Wow this is intense right from the get go with well integrated wood spice backing up deep, slightly feral loganberry and spiced plum fruit. Wood and light toast is gaining some ground here but there are emerging notes of asphalt, dried grass and flowers as well that parry that thrust well. Quite fresh and brisk on entry with plenty of acid and w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie 2005


    Deep ripe fresh black fruit aromas. Very fresh nose, spiced but quite mellow. The palate is quite tannic, flavors of black licorice, oak and leather -- a classic Rhone Syrah but very clean even given the heavy tannins, they drop off the midpalate quickly revealing a more accessible black fruit wash. Huge oak, leather puckering Syrah. This wine b... Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Well I've got most of the work done! I am in physical pain from my weekend ... ... The rest of the wine, the Northern Rhone selections was replaced in the old bins racks once they found a new home in a dark corner. I took a picture but it is just too blurry to use. Their places now taken by my beloved magnum racks!2 hours later my magnums were... Read More

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  • Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde 1991


    When we first tasted it, it seemed a little closed. It had wonderful fruit, but the balance was off - not enough acid. Over the next half hour, though, it developed into an exquisite wine. The color was bright ruby without a hint of oxidation. The nose was full of fresh strawberries with a hint of leather initially, followed by earthy tones ... Read More

    Wine review by vintagesf

  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 1990


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  • Domaine Chèze St.-Joseph Cuvée des Anges 2001


    My wife and I love this wine. But then, we enjoy all of the different styles that Domaine Cheze comes out with. Its one of the more consistent winemakers that we know. The Cuvée des Anges exemplifies the best that the syrah grape can achieve. The nose is, for want of a better term, "long-range"... meaning when opened by the sommelier 3 seats awa... Read More

    Wine review by geneyus

  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1996


    Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly quite tame in comparison to other bottles. On the cusp of maturity with a rich core of black raspberry and dried cranberry fruit and the acidity pops out a bit on the back end. A ve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle 1978


    A really engaging nose that offers up an array of aromatics that include all the dusty, gravelly earth you could want with smoky herbal, herb de provence tones and nuanced black olive and eucalyptus. In the mouth this bottle is a touch lean and attenuated but still very much alive with a core of earth tinged black fruits. Not an entirely indicat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château-Grillet Neyret-Gachet Château-Grillet 1998


    Simply magic Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio

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