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

 

  • Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017

    Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    94-95 POINTS JOSH REYNOLDS!  A DARKER, MORE INTENSE CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE FROM THE EVER RELIABLE BEAUTY THAT IS MONT-REDON.   "Deep glistening magenta. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, potpourri and smoky...

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  • Chateau Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018

    Chateau Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    A CANDIDATE FOR THE BEST VALUE PRODUCER OF THE SOUTHERN RHONE. TASTE THIS ENTRY LEVEL WINE FROM ONE OF THE BEST PRODUCERS OF CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE.   "Chateau Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Chateauneuf-du-Pape being well...

    Current stock: 9

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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2018

    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2018

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS!  ONE OF CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE'S TRUE ARTISAN WINEMAKERS. THIS IS MADE FROM BIODYNAMICALLY FARMED VINEYARDS DOTTED ACROSS THE APPELLATION. THIS IS A BOLD WINE, BUT WITH AN ELEGANT EDGE, SUPERB NOW BUT WILL AGE 15 YEARS...

    Current stock: 5

    $145.00
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  • Delas Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit Rouge 2018

    Delas Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit Rouge 2018

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

      FULLER IN BODY THAN MOST COTES-DU-RHONE! SHIRAZ LOVERS WILL ENJOY THIS.    "The Saint-Esprit's deep color has a dark, plum-like hue. The nose is classical Syrah, with berry fruit, violet and licorice. It has a full, rounded palate with...

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  • Chateau Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2017

    Chateau Mont-Redon Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2017

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    THIS IS AN EXPERTLY MADE, JUICY GSM.   Variety - Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre   "A négoce blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Reserve Mont Redon combines black cherries and black olives in a supple,...

    Current stock: 5

    $23.50
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