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Wine Regions: Rhone

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The Rhone wine region has history and prestige that’s comparable to Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Rhone is a prolific wine region as well. You can find a wide range of wines made by entry-level to renowned winemakers.

And though there are many grapes used to create red wines in Rhone, the main grapes used are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The weight of Rhone red wines are medium to full-bodied, and are known for their fruity notes and spicy flavors.

The fruity flavors in the wine are a result of the climate of Rhone. Since it’s located in southern France, the sunny and warm climate allow for very ripe grapes at harvest. This translates into bold, jammy flavors of black fruits in the wine.

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Since Rhone is a big region, the climate and terroir at the Northern end can vary quite significantly from the South’s. This gifts wine drinkers with a wide variation of wines.

The region can be roughly split into Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone. Northern Rhone starts from Lyon and ends at Valence. Most of the wines here have the Syrah grape in its blend. Famous appellations (sub-regions) in Northern Rhone include Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Saint-Peray, and Condrieu.

Condrieu is an appellation known for its white wines that are made from the Viognier grape. Its unique notes of peach, apricots and flowers separates it from the white wines of other regions.

Southern Rhone on the other hand has a warmer climate compared to the North. Because of this, the wines produced here have a high alcohol level (commonly 14-15%). The most famous appellation here is Chateauneuf du Pape.

Since Rhone is such a big region, we break down its different regions and grapes in our upcoming articles.

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Rhone Valley: Cote Rotie appellation

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Looking for elegant and seductive wines?

Have a look at the prestigious Cote Rotie appellation.

 

A red gem

Cote Rotie is an appellation of the Rhone valley region, in East of France near Lyon city. Not as famous as its neighbor appellation the Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Cote Rotie wines have it all! Deep and complex flavors and offer at their best a pure red berries taste and a stunning freshness in the finish. The texture is silky for a medium to full-bodied wine structure. A real caress for the palate!

 

What’s the secret? Syrah and a dash of Viognier.

Syrah is the only grape variety that is allowed for Cote Rotie appellation. Actually, for up to 20%, Viognier, a white grape, can be included in the blend with Syrah (what is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?).

 

5 things you need to remember about Cote Rotie appellation

1- Cote Rotie appellation is quite a small production, which makes it rare and expensive.

2-Cote Rotie is considered to be among the most exotic and elegant wines in the world.

3- Cote Rotie is only red and almost only Syrah.

4- The Romans were the first one to plant vineyard in Cote Rotie.

5- Wines from Cote Rotie are really versatile in food pairing: grilled or braised meat and bacon will give you a perfect match

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