Southern Rhone

Southern Rhone

"In a nutshell: warm, rich reds and a smattering of high-octane rosés...

Côtes du Rhône is south-east France's warmer, richer, spicier answer to the dry austerity of AC Bordeaux. The wines of the southern Rhône are France's most alcoholic, with 14-15% by no means uncommon for its most famous appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (and no chaptalisation, or extra alcohol from added sugar, is allowed this far south).

While Côtes du Rhône can come from a vast area of around 56,000 ha (140,000 acres) around the southern end of the French Rhône Valley, Côtes du Rhône-Villages comes from a tightly defined area an eighth as big on particularly suitable land north and west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape... Côtes du Rhône-Villages is one of France's best-value appellations, perhaps because promotion prospects are so obvious...

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the region's most famous and best wine, and all other reds and whites made here apparently use it as their model... Red Châteauneuf is a big, beefy wine with lots of alcohol and extract, with a come-hither, if slightly bludgeoning, approach to the wine drinker. I find this one of France's most reliable appellations, and have had remarkably few disappointments among wines bottled in the signature-embossed, heavy bottle...

Gigondas is another relatively reliable wine made, as a red and full rosé, in the image of Châteauneuf from higher, rockier ground. It costs less and usually tastes rather more rustic, a characteristic which has its own charm... Vacqueyras, the other upgraded Côtes-du-Rhône-Village, is not usually quite so dense, but can be very good value...

The southern Rhône's most famous rosé by far is Tavel, made on the right bank of the Rhône and a serious, historic wine in its own right... Just north of Tavel, Lirac produces considerable quantities of rosé very similar to Tavel and full-blooded red wine, as well as some full-bodied dry white... The southern Rhône also produces some sweet, relatively alcoholic vin doux naturel, most famously Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise." - Jancis Robinson

 

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    Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone 2014

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    65 % Grenache, 25 % Syrah, 10% Carignan

    Made from 40 year old vines.

    RRP $38.00

    NOW $34.00

    Low Stock (8 in store)


  2. Brunel Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Centenaire 1998***

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Robert Parker 100 Points!

    $500.00

    Low Stock (1 in store)


  3. Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Vinous Media 92-94 Points!

    $67.50 by the dozen $75.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (9 in store)


  4. Chateau Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2016

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    $20.25 by the dozen $22.50 per bottle

    Low Stock (21 in store)


  5. Ourea Gigondas 2014

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault!

    $53.10 by the dozen $59.00 per bottle

    Low Stock (6 in store)


  6. Amadieu Cotes Du Rhone Grenache Shiraz 2005

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $22.50 by the dozen $25.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  7. Amadieu Gigondas Romane Machotte 2005

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $37.80 by the dozen $42.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  8. Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Rouge 2015

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre
    RobertParker.com 94 Points!
    Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 Points!

     

    $45.00 by the dozen $50.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  9. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $166.50 by the dozen $185.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  10. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    Robert Parker 96 points!
    $175.50 by the dozen $195.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  11. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1997

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    Robert Parker 91 points!
    $112.50 by the dozen $125.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  12. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1990

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $265.00

    Out of Stock


  13. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1989

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Robert Parker 97 Points!
    Jancis Robinson 18.5/20 Points!

    $275.00

    Out of Stock


  14. Chateau de la Gardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1992***

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $190.00

    Out of Stock


  15. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2010

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $72.00 by the dozen $80.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  16. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2009

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    Robert Parker 92 points!
    Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape
    Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend
    $72.00 by the dozen $80.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  17. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2005

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    Robert Parker 90 Points!
    James Morrison 91 Points!

    $71.96 by the dozen $79.95 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  18. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2004

    Region: France, Rhone Valley
    Wine Spectator 91 Points!
    $71.96 by the dozen $79.95 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  19. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2003

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $64.76 by the dozen $71.95 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  20. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2003

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $64.76 by the dozen $71.95 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  21. Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 1997

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

     

    $64.76 by the dozen $71.95 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  22. Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Vinous Media 92-94 Points!

    $63.00 by the dozen $70.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  23. Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Wine Front 92 Points!
    Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points!

    $63.00 by the dozen $70.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  24. Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Jancis Robinson 16.5 Points!
    Stephen Tanzer 92-94 Points!

    “This well-known, large Chateauneuf du Pape estate has produced some of the greatest Chateauneuf du Papes I have ever tasted.” Robert Parker Jr

    Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
    Sub-appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC
    Region: Southern Rhone

    $58.50 by the dozen $65.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


  25. Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007

    Region: France, Rhone Valley

    Vinous Media 92 Points!

    $81.00 by the dozen $90.00 per bottle

    Out of Stock


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