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 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...

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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: 6

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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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  • Segries Tavel Rose 2017

    Segries Tavel Rose 2017

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    THE RHONE'S TAVEL REGION MAKE BEAUTIFUL ROSE FROM THE RHONE VARIETIES, DELIVERING WITH THIS A FULL AND DELICIOUS WINE.   "Segries Tavel Rose is made from 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, 5% Syrah. The age of the vines is 30 years...

    Current stock: 2

    $33.00
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  • Clos St Jean Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2015

    Clos St Jean Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2015

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    93 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR!  92 POINTS VINOUS!     "Rich, with lots of cassis, crushed plum and warm raspberry reduction notes wrapped with licorice root and ganache accents. The solid grip is well-buried on the finish, leaving a...

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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: 6

    $23.50
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  • Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

    Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS!  17+/ 20 POINTS JANCIS ROBINSON!     "Chateau Mont-Redon occupies one of the most exceptional vineyards areas of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, with a spectrum of soils unique in the region. The...

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  • La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

    La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

    Region: France- Rhone Valley Southern

    Wine Advocate 93 Points! "A terrific entry-level offering, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, 6% Cinsault and 2% other varieties. It's full-bodied and intense but silky and almost weightless,...

    Current stock: 4

    $98.00
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