Rhone

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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 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

2013 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
2010 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc

2010 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc

If you wanted to play an evil trick on your wine buff friends, you could ask them to guess the white grapes in this Cotes Du Rhone blend from Chapoutier. They’d be guessing a long time as this comprises the relatively obscure Grenache Blanc, Clair...

Cracka rating70
Region: Rhone
2010 Cave de Tain Syrah

2010 Cave de Tain Syrah

The Rhone Valley is getting with the rest of the world and producing variety-labelled wines, and this offering also presents a more modern approach to smooth, fruity, easy drinking tipple. Bright aromas of red and black spiced berries decorate the...

Cracka rating90
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
2012 Les Courtilles Cote du Rhone Blend GSM

2012 Les Courtilles Cote du Rhone Blend GSM

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 rating80
Region: Rhone
2011 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

2011 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

There’s only one Guigal and there’s only one true taste of the Cotes Du Rhone showing that the French really do know how to coax the best out of Shiraz. If you are confused by the labelling on French bottles all we need to tell you is that Guigal ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Rhone
2010 Les Courtilles Chateauneuf du Pape

2010 Les Courtilles Chateauneuf du Pape

From one of France's most famous villages comes this cracking little number at a seriously good price. It is a classic Chateauneuf with baked earth, red fruits and gentle spice in a voluptuous and moreish package. The kind of wine for which two gl...

Cracka rating100
Region: Rhone
Le Tour French Six Pack

Le Tour French Six Pack

Fancy a tour around France's finest wine regions then put on your beret and check out Le Tour six-pack. In it you will find a feast of the best red wines that France has to offer with 2 bottles from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley includin...

Cracka rating100
Region: Rhone
2012 Delas St Esprit Cotes du Rhone

2012 Delas St Esprit Cotes du Rhone

A cracking vintage in the Rhone and this is a bargain with a capital R (for Rhone). The best thing about this red blend is that combination of a classic rustic French heart, with the odd hint of herbs and meaty complexity, but also with the flash...

Cracka rating90
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 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

2012 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
2011 Domaine de La Renjarde Pure Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone

2011 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. Fruity aromas of raspberries and dark cherries swirl around the glass, together with hints of dried herbs and earthiness. The palate is quite fulsome...

Cracka rating80
Region: Rhone
2011 Guigal Crozes Hermitage Rouge

2011 Guigal Crozes Hermitage Rouge

Made from shiraz, this is a medium-bodied, quite fruity wine that shows red and black fruits on the nose with sniffs of black olives, meatiness and dried herbs. The palate is savoury and spicy with a black cherry heart, tight tannins, bright acidi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Rhone
2011 Pellerin Cotes du Rhone Reserve

2011 Pellerin Cotes du Rhone Reserve

From a crackerjack vintage in the Rhone comes this highly affordable, highly slurpable red from Pellerin. Aromas of bold dark plums and cherries rise from the glass, along with generous whiffs of cracked pepper. The palate is fullsome and juicy, w...

Cracka rating80
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 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

2011 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
2011 Domaine de La Renjarde Cotes Du Rhone Villages Massif d

2011 Domaine de La Renjarde Cotes Du Rhone Villages Massif d

This predominantly grenache shiraz blend is super value and shows aromas of raspberries, cherries and soft spice, with just a touch of savouriness on the nose. The palate is fuller-bodied and rich with lots of dark cherry flavours, licks of toasti...

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
2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Grenache

2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Grenache

From biodynamic producer and Rhone Valley king, Michael Chapoutier, comes this fuller-bodied, sweetly-fruited wine that shows lots of ripe raspberries and dark berries on the nose, along with hints of toasty vanilla. The palate is dry and juicy f...

Cracka rating80
Region: Rhone
2010 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge

2010 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 rating90
Region: Rhone