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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  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Muscat

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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...

  • Tavel

    Tavel is an appellation in the Southern Rhone that has the distinction of only being permitted ...

  • Vacqueyras

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

Popular Wineries in Southern Rhône View all

  • Château Beauchêne

    The Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally « mesnagers » or tena...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Domaine Grand Romane

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

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  • Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone 2006


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    Wine review by archie7683

  • Wines tasted:1959 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 84pts1967 Beaucastel ... ... harmonious whole.While the southern Rhone can be a searingly hot place to grow grapes, Beaucastel manages to retain admirable freshness in most vintages. The adept blending of varieties certainly helps in this regard, but the poor soils at the domaine certainly add a... Read More

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  • Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1991


    Another positive surprise was this wine from a forgotten vintage. Fresh if slightly lactic on the nose with sour cherry fruit, herbs, lavender, and real garrigue notes. Lovely aromatics. A very elegant Beaucastel in the mouth with tannins that are a touch rustic but that contribute such a crisp, fresh feel to the wine and enhance the game, brigh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 1990


    A veritable brett bomb. I like a bit of brett but here it verges on excessive. There are still intense notes of roasted blackberry, Szechuan peppercorn, pink peppercorn and salty, white mushroom on the nose but the slightly elevated alcohol and brett really mar the nose. Polished and round in the mouth but here too the brett obscured much of wh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1989


    Very fresh on the nose with split leather, raspberry, herbal and wildflowers rushing up from the glass. Subtle spice, pepper, and soil tones remain a bit obscured by the intensity of the fruit but gentle iron and blood tones struggle to assert themselves. Bright and ripe on entry with red cherry fruit that have a citrus tinge to them. Fine balan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1988


    Jammy and spicy on the nose with rich blackberry pie filling tones backed up with powerful notes of leather and beef. This gains significant complexity in the glass going through a full register of earthy tones stretching from milk chocolate through tea, tobacco and anise with even a nuanced truffle note. Smooth, rich and suave in the mouth. Thi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1983


    This was a bit of a bretty bottle with rubbery, band-aid notes but with many layers of red meat, red wild berry fruit, evolved mushroom notes that handled the brett well. Evolving positively in the glass this gained some fecund soil notes as the raspberry tones gained in intensity and revealed measured tones of licorice and leather with a gentle... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1985


    With a very youthful initial pop of butter tinged graham cracker this quickly settles down revealing sweet and sour cherried fruit with medicinal and root beer tones. A bit of alcoholic heat compared to the older wines. There is a toffeed sweetness to the nose conveying a sense of ripeness though this offers up nice minerality and fine complexit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1981


    Now we were talking. The huge nose bursts from the glass with a classic array of barnyard, leather, black fruit, smoky spices and smoked meat. There is a very minor note of shoe polish volatility and enough brett to add a bit of poop but it is perfectly measured and easily buffered by the intense fruit. Subtle notes of old coffee, nori, green a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Beaucastel Chateau de Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rhone France Level 1967


    Very volatile and dusty with old faded, brittle cigar wrapper, ehlmers glue, and even a touch of yogurt on the nose. This freshened up a touch revealing its preserved red fruits and menthol topnotes but also had a raw green element that recalled freshly cut wood and seaweed and developed a rather intense note of off-putting quinine. In the mout... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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