Southern Rhône Wine

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Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious appellations such as Chateaneuf du Pape as well as to the quantity-oriented Cotes du Rhone. It enjoys a warm climate that seamlessly becomes Mediterranean toward the south of the region. Most of the wines are blends. The most important red grape variety is Grenache, followed by Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsaut, Carignan, Cuonoise, and a few others. The white wines are made mostly from Marsanne and Roussanne. The most well-known dessert wine from this region is Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. In addition to Chateauneuf du Pape, some of the best appellations include Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Lirac, Costieres de Nimes, Vinsobres, and Tavel; the last of these produces only rose. After this are about 20 villages which are allowed to append their names to the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation. Cotes du Rhone is the most general appellation. Most wines with that designation are simple, inexpensive table Read more »

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  • Muscat

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

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Grenache

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  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of Southern Rhône

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Côtes-du-rhône

    ABOUT COTES DU RHONE WINES. LOCATION: The Côtes du Rhône vineyards run along the banks of the Rh...

  • Côtes du Ventoux

    Cotes de Ventoux is an appellation in the southeast of the Southern Rhone. It takes its name fr...

  • Gigondas

      Gigondas is a village and wine appellation in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in Fra...

  • Vacqueyras

      Vacqueyras is a village in the Southern Rhone that was the second after Gigondas to get it...

  • Clairette de Die

    Clairette de Die AOC is a natural sparkling white wine from the Rhône Valley region in France. It...

  • Coteaux du Tricastin

  • Côtes du Luberon

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  • Vignerons de Caractere

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  • Domaine de Nalys

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  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Domaine Grand Romane

    Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near t...

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

    Le Domaine de Chante Cigale is in the family since the XIX° century, where the generations of vin...

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Chat Fou Rose 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • "Pork = Pinot"Not with that sauce. Maybe some blowsy CA pinot, but ...  Maaaybe something very southern Rhone or Provencal. The peppers and tomato kill too much of the pinot for me.Whether rose or red depends on the heat and mood. At night, inside and coo,l I'd go with a red. If a rose it'll need body. Soave underweight. Gruner--shall we say t... Read More

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  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2010

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    Blend of 49% Syrah, 48% Grenache and 3% Mourvedre with an abv of 14%. Dark red in the glass and is full bodied. It is old world in style with impressive balance. A step above the usual CdR. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Les Vignes des Precheurs Tavel 2013

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    Really nice Tavel rose. Some strawberry/rhubarb and subtle bing cherries on the palate with nice acidity and a clean finish. Excellent summer deck wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mas des Collines Vacqueyras Red Rhone 2007

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine Pere Caboche Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rose 2013

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    Earthy and stemmy on the nose with hints of cherry fruit and and some tart raspberry accents. Simple and not intense. Opening with fine acids, this quickly turns a little chunky and clumsy with simple fruit that mirrors the nose, a hint of minerality, and a slightly chewy texture. fading fairly quickly on the finish, this is an easy to enjoy qua... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2013

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    A bit leathery, chalky and nutty on the nose with hints of melon and spice adding complexity. A touch sweet on entry but the acid quickly brings this int balance. A touch large scaled and chewy on the palate, this is easy to drink with simple earthy and slightly herbal framed flavors of raspberry and lingonberry on the palate. late arriving mine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Caves Saint-Pierre Châteauneuf-du-Pape le Fiacre du Pape 2010

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    Despite running it through an aerator and sitting in my glass for thirty minutes; this wine was tight. Good red fruit on the front end, nice acid balance and then some of the greenest tannins I've come across. By the second day the tannins had smoothed out a bit but not much. 87pts. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Wine review by Austinista


  • Château de l'Estagnol Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône 2009

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    Wine review by sfquixote


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