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      About Rhone

      North Rhône Check out some of the new trends currently sweeping the world of wine. Shiraz Viognier blends are popping up all over the place; Viognier is being talked about as the new, sexy white sensation, and old vine Grenache is winning many fans with its particularly heroic and ripe fruit flavours. Strangely enough, all of these styles originate in the Rhône Valley and their popularity is part of the Rhône renaissance now sweeping the globe. Within the Rhône sit some of the finest and most historic vineyards in France, with grapes such as Syrah as well as Grenache showing their incredible best. Generally, the Rhône can be broken into North and South. In the North, the wines are predominantly Syrah, with tiny amounts of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne also found, while the South is better known for Grenache-based blended reds. Running South from Lyon, the Northern Rhône begins with the famous slopes of Côte Rôtie and Condrieu. The revered Côte Rôtie, or ‘Roasted slope’, which was first planted by those thirsty Romans, makes wines mainly from Syrah, although some have a small percentage of the white Viognier grape, which adds aromas of apricot and blossom, as well as softening the finish. The best wines are absolute crackers, with plenty of spicy, meaty Shiraz character in a restrained, often quite feminine package, although one that can age well for many years. South of the Côte Rôtie is Condrieu, the home of the aromatic and delicious Viognier. If Aussie Viognier is not your thing, don’t let that put you off Condrieu, because it is a finer, and very different beast. Further South again, the less famous vineyards of St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage give medium-weight spicy Shiraz, with the best having some ageing potential. As we descend the Rhône, the Granite dome known as Hermitage, after which our own Grange Hermitage was named, rises like a colossus. Here lie some wonderful vineyards, and without doubt one of the best in France. Hermitage and also nearby Cornas make muscular Syrah that smell a bit like a well roasted side of beef and can send shivers down a wine lover’s spine. On Hermitage there is also a very small percentage of Marsanne and Roussanne, from which are crafted some of the most powerful and long-lived white wines in France. They were so revered in the early nineteenth century that White Hermitage was the most expensive wine, of any colour, in the whole country, if not the world. They are rare and difficult to find but, oh, so worth the effort. Hunt them down! South Rhône As we proceed further down the Rhône into the Southern zone, the land flattens out and the Mediterranean starts to make its presence felt. While there are still small amounts of Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne, now Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre vines take the reins. The red wines of the Southern Rhône are the closest that France comes to the Australian style with their plump weight and sweet fruit flavours. For beginners to the international scene, these reds are a great place to start. The best, and justifiably famous, are the Grenache-based wines grown near the towns of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, with their profound, meaty and powerful flavours. Rasteau and Vacqueyras also make some smart wines, although not quite in the same class as their posh neighbours. Below these village wines come the basic Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Rhône Villages which are mainly easy drinking whites and reds. Similar wines made in nearby vineyards under the Côtes du Ventoux and Côteaux du Tricastin labels can also offer good value for money. While reds steal the show, a couple of the white wines can be also very tasty. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is again the king of the castle, with the wines made mainly from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne, and the best lasting a good decade in the bottle. The Southern Rhône also makes some fine Rosés and sweet wines - the full-bodied Rosés from Tavel and sweet Muscat-based dessert wines from Beaumes-de-Venise worth keeping an eye out for.

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      2013 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone GSM Blend

      2013 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone GSM Blend

      Now here is a find, a cheeky little Rhone blend built in the simple juicy style yet overlaid with sufficient meaty Rhoney goodness to make it really quite intriguing. If you're looking for a good way to dip your toes into the Rhone yet without pa...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone Red

      2012 Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone Red

      Mont-Redon not only turns out excellent whites from the Rhone, but also some pretty spiffy reds. Made from a blend of grenache, cinsault and shiraz, it's a more modern style that shows lots of raspberries and assorted red fruits on the nose, along...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2014 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

      2014 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

      This red blend from the Rhone is a real 'slips down easy' style that would make perfect mid-week casual drinking with your mates. Aromas of cherries, plums, black pepper and cranberries jump out of the glass, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine Alary Cotes du Rhone La Gerbaude Red Blend

      2012 Domaine Alary Cotes du Rhone La Gerbaude Red Blend

      Made from a blend of grenache, shiraz and carignan, it's certainly in a modern vein with lots of fruity smells of raspberries, cherries and dark plums on the nose, whilst the palate is more full-bodied and sweetly-fruited, with lush red berry flav...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2011 Pierre Amadieu Cotes du Rhone Roulepierre Red Blend

      2011 Pierre Amadieu Cotes du Rhone Roulepierre Red Blend

      Cote du Rhone wines are astonishing value with a high drinkability factor, and this one is certainly in a modern, fruity style. Made from a blend of grenache and shiraz, it show ripe red berries and earthy spices on the nose, whilst the palate is ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2014 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone GSM Blend

      2014 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone GSM Blend

      A lifted nose of dark berried fruit, forest undergrowth, oak and sweet spice. The palate begins with a burst of supple red berry and sweet cherry flavours balanced by bright / mouth-watering acidity and nicely textured tannins. Beautifully balance...

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      Region: Rhone
      2013 Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-

      2013 Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-

      Personality & ageing: A Châteauneuf-du-Pape seriously dominated by Grenache, which confers very singular suppleness and roundness. Best savoured young. Serving temperature: 17°C

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      Region: Rhone
      2012 Gabriel Meffre La Chasse Cotes Du Rhone Rouge

      2012 Gabriel Meffre La Chasse Cotes Du Rhone Rouge

      This is a very modern wine from Gabriel Meffre, and not as savoury as you might think. Made from a blend of grenache, shiraz, cinsault and mourvedre, there's lots of red fruits adorning the nose and palate in the raspberry and plum spectrum, with ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2011 Cave de Tain Saint Joseph Classique

      2011 Cave de Tain Saint Joseph Classique

      Marsanne is one of those white wines that are dry in style and highly versatile with food. The can also live for a few years and develop lovely honeyed tones and flavours. This offering from Cave de Tain out of the Rhone Valley shows aromas of lem...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine Chante Cigale Cotes du Rhones Vieilles Vignes

      2012 Domaine Chante Cigale Cotes du Rhones Vieilles Vignes

      This Cote du Rhone from Domaine Chante Cigale is elegant and structured which means it will slip down easy at your next dinner party. There's a heap of bright, juicy dark cherry and berry fruit on the nose, accompanied by by whiffs of mocha, dried...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine de Font-Sane Cotes du Ventoux

      2012 Domaine de Font-Sane Cotes du Ventoux

      This grenache shiraz blend out of the Rhone Valley is amazing value, and would go brilliantly with red meats dishes, strong cheddar cheeses, or even rich pork dishes. It's quite modern in style, with lots of cherry and berry fruits upfront, along ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2011 Domaine Le Colombier AOC Vacqueyras Cuvee G Rouge

      2011 Domaine Le Colombier AOC Vacqueyras Cuvee G Rouge

      This is the top wine of Domaine Le Colombier, and it's a pretty serious beasty. It's a bit more concentrated than the Tradition Rouge, and displays aromas of dark fruits, anise and earthiness on the nose. The palate is quite full-bodied with the a...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

      2012 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

      This wine has a couple of years on it, which means it is more approachable and ready for your drinking pleasure. Lots of dark fruits and pepper spice decorate the nose, with a touch of savoury, 'meat stew' character. The palate is sweetly-fruited ...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

      2012 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

      Varietal: Muscat à petits grains, white (75%) and black (25%) Tasting note: The colour shows hints of amber and weathered gold. Intense and complex nose with cooked preserved fruit aromas lifted by citrus notes. Powerful yet balanced on the pal...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge

      2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge

      Dark red with violet tints. Powerful nose dominated by red berries and delicate oak aromas. Powerful attack. Round and supple tannins.

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2014 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

      2014 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

      As ever a rather ripe, flattering expression of a Rhone white, the emphasis on texture and fruit weight for immediate drinking. The archetype really.

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine Alary Cotes du Rhone Cairanne Red Blend

      2012 Domaine Alary Cotes du Rhone Cairanne Red Blend

      The southern Rhone region of Cairanne is a source of awesome wines at epic value, and this one is a case in point. It's a fruit-driven, fuller-bodied style that shows plenty of ripe, lush berries and cherries on the nose, together with hints of ci...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Domaine de La Renjarde Pure Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone

      2012 Domaine de La Renjarde Pure Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone

      Cote du Rhone can deliver great value for money, and this adorable grenache blend does just that. 

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Rhone
      2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

      2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

      Visual: Deep red, sustained and brilliant Nose: Black fruit nose marked by notes of spices Palate: Ample wine, full and racy. Rounded tannins, very present but coated finish. This wine is distinguished by its size, its warmth and aromatic in...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Rhone