French Rhone Valley | Buy Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Cote du Rhone Online
Rhone can be split into Southern & Northern Rhone, as the different climates lead the 2 regions to produce different wine styles.
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Côtes du Rhône AOC is the entry level classification, with most red blends being Grenache or Syrah based
Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC are slightly more complex with lower yields, great for aging
- Côtes du Rhône (Named) Villages AOC would be limited to 21 villages that have the highest classification for the region
Syrah is the big boy of the North. It's the birthplace of Syrah, where many wine lovers find it gives the best expression of the full bodied, savory & elegant grape. Look out for Cote Rotie or Hermitage for Syrah, Condrieu and Château Grillet for Viognier & Saint-Péray for Marsanne & Roussanne.
Grenache is the King in the South Cote du Rhone AOC, and forms the foundation of the South's popular blends. You’ll also encounter Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and a host of minor players.
Gigondas has a beautiful hot climate, building full, earthy & aromatic wines
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous, and was the first to be recognised. Grapes are planted across various varietals & altitudes, with Grenache Mourvedre & Syrah (GMS) based blends producting wines that are full and aromatic with spicy dark fruits balanced with acidity and minerality