Northern Rhone

"In a nutshell: Dry, sometimes beefy red wines designed for ageing...

The great majority of wine made here is made from the Syrah grape, and the region's most famous wines are the deep-flavoured, long-lived reds Hermitage and the theoretically more fragrant and delicate Côte Rôtie...

Côte Rôtie is stereotypically distinguished from Hermitage by its perfume, which is in some cases due to the inclusion of a small proportion of white Viognier grapes (the same as those grown in the neighbouring appellation of Condrieu), but in practice most Côte Rôtie is 100 per cent Syrah...

The amount of Viognier grown in the northern Rhône is relatively tiny, and the peachy, full-bodied Condrieu it produces...

Hermitage is produced 50 km (30 miles) downriver on a bald suntrap of a hill on the left bank above the narrow town of Tain, or rather Tain l'Hermitage as it has become known thanks to the fame of Hermitage's densely strapping wines... White Hermitage is also made, from Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. It is unusually full-bodied and can be difficult to appreciate until its bouquet has developed after many years in bottle. Sweet vin de paille, made from dried grapes, is a speciality...

Crozes-Hermitage [is] the area's much, much bigger, less demanding red and white wine appellation on the flatter land around the hill of Hermitage... While Crozes-Hermitage regularly represents more than half of all the wine produced in the northern Rhône, St-Joseph (another red and white appellation made from Syrah and Marsanne/Roussanne respectively) can often represent almost one bottle in four... Cornas is still an underappreciated appellation producing very worthy and eventually exciting Syrah reds. They do demand ageing though, which is presumably what makes them less attractive to modern wine drinkers... The curiosity of the northern Rhône is St-Péray, both still and sparkling white made from Marsanne and Roussanne grapes of increasing quality." - Jancis Robinson

  • Cave De Tain Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2017

    Cave De Tain Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2017

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Northern

    16+ Points! "Mid crimson. Rather riper than usual on the nose, but that’s not disastrous. Very pure, sincere finish that is dry and pure northern Rhône Syrah with an extra layer of juice. Good smooth tannins for early drinking. But there is no hurry...

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  • Jean Baptiste Souillard Crozes-Hermitage 2016

    Jean Baptiste Souillard Crozes-Hermitage 2016

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Northern

    "After winemaking in Australia, New Zealand and Burgundy — where he struck up an ongoing friendship with Ben Leroux at Comte Armand, Jean-Baptiste Souillard worked as an oenologue for Jean-Luc Colombo before starting his own micro-négoce in 2014. Working...

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  • Pierre Gaillard Condrieu 2018

    Pierre Gaillard Condrieu 2018

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Northern

    "A blend from several sites totaling about five hectares, Gaillard's 2018 Condrieu offers up green peach and pineapple notes. It's medium to full-bodied, with tart, citrusy notes on the lingering finish. A solid effort, but it's well off the pace of the...

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  • Pierre Gaillard St Joseph Rouge 2017

    Pierre Gaillard St Joseph Rouge 2017

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Northern

    "Gaillard's Saint-Joseph is drawn from several parcels located in the high country of Malleval and Chavanay." "Expect red cherry and wild berry fruit, pulpy texture and ultra-fine tannins. Classy and yet super drinkable." - Pierre...

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  • Rene Rostaing La Landonne Rouge 2012

    Rene Rostaing La Landonne Rouge 2012

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Northern 96 points!"Getting a big "Wow" in the notes, the 2012 Cote Rotie la Landonne offers additional richness, concentration and depth, with notes of lots of floral and violet notes intermixed with cassis, cruhsed rock and pepper...

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