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Northern Rhone
The Rhone Valley is kept in check by a sweeping Mistral wind that is tunnelled from the north of Rhone to the open and flatter southern Rhone. The Rhone river runs through the valley dividing the schist and granite soils.

The Northern Rhone is a difficult place to grow grapes, the slopes are steep to work and costly. Most of the wines grown are premium styles and its production is tiny when compared to Southern Rhone. Syrah hits new heights here in the form of spicy delights.

Red or White? Mainly red with a small amount of white made. And there is a blend where red and white is co-fermented together in Cote Rotie. Syrah with a splash of viognier - a rarity!
 
Grapes
White: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne
Red: Syrah

Styles
This is spicy syrah land - black olives, smoked meats, cooking spices and heady florals are common tasting descriptors. And the tannins can be firm and fine in youth, becoming slender with age. The whites are richer and fleshy, viognier is the queen of hedonism.

Favourite Producers
Guigal, Coursodon, Pierre Gonon, JL Chave, Bernard Faurie, Balthazar, Stephane Ogier

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Southern Rhone
Grenache reigns supreme in the south, although it is commonly blended with Mourvedre and syrah.   Planted throughout the region, Grenache loves the warmth and sunny exposition made available to it in southern Rhone. Look out for the galette pebbles found in Chateauneuf du Pape - these heat up during the day and the extra warmth overnight continues to ripen the grapes on the old bush vines.

From rosé to affordable weekday pizza wines (Cotes du Rhone blends) through to ageable beauties like Chateauneuf du Pape, Grenache is a chameleon of grapes centred around vibrant red fruits and slippery tannins.

Red or white? Red and a little rose. There's also a small amount of a fortified white called Muscat de Beaume de Venise

Grapes
White: Muscat a Petits Grains
Red: Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah

Styles
Cotes du Rhone are the cheerful wines you want to reach for mid-week. Their fleshy and fruit nature make them deliciously enjoyable and they won't burn a hole in your pocket. The pinnacle of Grenache is reached in Chateauneuf du Pape wines. These have built-in structure and can age gracefully for many years. Look out for Village or Cru wines such as  Vinsobres, Vaquerays, Gigondas as these are a happy medium between the bookend styles.

Favourite Producers
Font du Courtedune, Rayas, Beaucastel, Chateau de Fonsalette, Marcoux, Mont Redon

 


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  1. Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017
    Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017
    Opens with crème de mure, wild forest fruits and summer raspberries. Plenty of mulled spices and wild herbs. The palate is full and ripe with a tangy hit of salty liquorice on the close. The tannins are soft and plush and provide a nice frame for the fruit to hang off. PWS

    A bold, rich and round expression of mixed berries with some wild herbs. Rich, fluid tannins. Smooth and approachable. JamesSuckling.com
    2017
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
    $18.00
  2. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017
    Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017

    The Chapoutiere range is huge and it is incredible to behold the quality across the board from this famous producer given the sheer amount of wine they make.

    This is off his families, mixed-use farm and sits outside the typical Condrieu framework both in style and place.

    There is an intriguing struck-flint, mineral note mixed with floral edges and fresh apricot. It's zippy an fresh with vibrant peach and apricot fruit to the fore. It lively and full of energy and raring to go. PWS

    2017
    Viognier
    France
    467
  3. Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Rive Droite Rive Gauche simply means right bank, left bank and the name derives from fruit for the wine being sourced from both sides of the river - the grenache coming mainly from the left (gauche) and the Syrah from the village of Daumazan (on the rive droite), near Tavel. It is also a French film starring the rotund wine-nut actor Gerard Depardieu - fun fact!

    This is a lovely fresh and crunchy styled Rhone from our friends at Rive Droite. There is touch of thyme and bay over red spiced fruits, layered with a little bit of red liquorice. This is a medium bodied rendition with a pure core of raspberry, wild strawberry and splash of black berry fruit in the mix. Its lithe with a lovely fresh cut to the sweet fruits that makes this look wonderfully elegant and damn easy to like.

    2020
    Grenache, shiraz
    France
    467
  4. Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019
    Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019

    Since taking over Jaboulet in 2003 the Frey family have been moving towards organics and biodynamic viticulture - not always that easy in the temperate climes of the Northern Rhone, especially at volume - yet in 2017 they achieved their goal.

    To get there they have dramatically reduced yields - up to 60% less fruit per hectare now than when they took over.

    The wines across the board have improved dramatically in quality and their entry level Cotes du Rhone both red and white are no exception. These are amazing quality for the amount of wine made and the price. For $20 a bottle (in dozen) you will struggle to find wines as well put together and expressive of the Rhone.

    2019
    France
    467
  5. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017
    Saturated ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, allspice and pungent flowers. Supple, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit preserve flavors gain energy with air, and a bright mineral element adds back-end lift. Supple tannins add shape to a persistent, floral-accented finish, which leaves cherry and spice notes behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    2017
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
    Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $28.00
  6. Selon Letang Cinsault 2020
    Selon Letang Cinsault 2020

    STAGE 15 - FLAT - RODEZ > CARCASSONNE 202.5KM

    A range of wines that express the character of their grape varieties in Guillaume's preferred style, hence 'Selon Létang' (according to the winemaker Guillaume Létang). The style? Sleekly built but with plenty of flavour - nailed it!

    This 'croquant' Cinsault is bright and deliciously enjoyable. Unoaked, vibrant redcurrant and raspberry fruit with a wild, delicately tannic herbaceous edge. There is an almost Pinot Noir like edge to these wines or a north-west Spanish feel with its minerally flecked fruit. Either way it's a lovely Cinsault and makes us wonder why we don't see more. PWS

    2020
    Cinsault
    France
    467
  7. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2018
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2018

    I'm always amazed at the quality this estate gets in the Côtes du Rhône, especially at the quantities produced. Their 2018 Côtes Du Rhône is well worth seeking out and has a medium-bodied, round, silky style as well as textbook peppery herbs, violets, bouquet garni, and both red and black fruits. It shows the supple, charming, forward style of the vintage and is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. JEB DUNNUCK

    Looking more complex and complete than the 2017 at this point, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone still has a year or so of élevage ahead of it. It has a slightly herbal, briary note, dark berry fruit and hints of mocha on the full-bodied palate. Round and fleshy, it finishes smooth and velvety. WINE ADVOCATE

    2018
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  8. Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2019
    Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2019
    60% Grenache 40% Syrah

    To put it plainly this is delicious! Everything you want in a Cote Du Rhone. Based in the Northern Rhone town of Tain Hermitage Jaboulet has transformed this cuvee over the past five years. Total production is about a third of what it used to be, and the focus is very much on quality. Bright fresh with a generous juicy Grenache mouth feel but enough stuffing and spice to keep it lively and mouth watering delicious. A great value wine that has potential to improve over the next three to five years. ALEX WILCOX
    2016
    GSM
    France
    467
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $33.00 As low as $23.00
  9. Cuilleron Syrah 2020
    Cuilleron Syrah 2020

    STAGE 13 - FLAT - LE BOURG D'OISANS > SAINT-ÉTIENNE 193 KM

    "Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône" THEWINEDOCTORE.COM
    "Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone" ROBERT PARKER, eRobertParker

    There is no doubt to the pedigree of the wines coming from Yves Cuilleron. He makes an incredibly diverse range of wines both red and white. Whatever he is making there is little doubt to the prowess and experience he brings to the table and this a great example of that.

    Sourced from grapes in and around the town of Chavanay this text book northern rhone syrah in a pure and filigree style. Layers of smokey rock, turned earth and beguiling violet and clove spice leap out of the glass. Crème de mure and cassis fruit rush the palate. Its punchy and forward until the fruit softly drips away to reveal charcuterie, fresh leather and spice box flavours. This wine is how much? Doesn't get much better than this for the price and for those dipping there toe into the rhone this is a great start.

    2016
    shiraz
    France
    467
  10. Ogier Le Temps Est Venu Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019
    Ogier Le Temps Est Venu Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019
    There is a touch of exoticism to the aromatics that otherwise run towards orchard fruits, nectarine and peach, but it's that note of ginger flower and the little hint smoky minerality that keeps me coming back for another look. Ample weight and texture, not in any way overtly rich but there is the punch and depth you would expect from Rhone varieties. There is a crisp, green apple cut to the fruit which keeps its super fresh and bright. It's just so much fun to drink. I mean, you get all this upfront pleasure with the bold fruit but it shows remarkable clarity and energy for a wine at this level. I love it. I drank one to make sure but I was prepared this time and had a backup bottle which I drank the next night. *It's a money back guarantee here, if you like white wine and this doesn't work for you then we will refund you for the bottle. ROSCOE
    2019
    Marsanne, Roussane
    France
    467
  11. Remejeanne Un Air de Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Remejeanne Un Air de Cotes du Rhone 2020
    STAGE 14 - HILLY - SAINT-ÉTIENNE > MENDE 192.5 KM

    "No one… ever paid much attention to the wines of the out-of-the-way village of Sabran - until a careful, thoughtful winemaker like Rémy Klein came along." Andrew Jefford, The New France
    "Proprietor Rémy Klein is one of the most consistently top-flight winemakers among the Côtes du Rhone producers." ROBERT PARKER, eRobertParker.com

    Certified organic this 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah Rhone blend is sourced from Olivier Klein's Estate's highland, sandy limestone vineyards and set around the hamlet of Sabran.  Its all done by hand and with minimal fussing in the winery to keep this vibrant and fresh.

    Crammed with bright red fruits, fresh picked raspberry, bing cherry while lavender, sage and wild herbs linger softly in the background. Its soft and supple on the palate but full of energy and plenty of snappy fruit and crunchy acidity to keep it lively and playful. Spot on Cotes du Rhone!
    2019
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  12. Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2018
    Domaine Font de Courtedune Cotes du Rhone Village 2018
    The family have long owned a plot in the Courthezon sub-zone of Chateauneuf du Pape -in fact it is right next door to the revered, Chateau Rayas. Like so many in the area the norm was to grow and sell fruit and not make their own wine. However, in more recent times at Courtedune, the next generation of Caroline and Frederic Charrier returned to the estates over a decade ago with firm ideas of making their own wines from this unique plot of 40-60 years old, mostly Grenache, vines.
     
    The resulting wines are made in a non-interventionist manner - no new oak, no over extraction with the emphasis being on letting the fragrant fruit express itself without the high octane aspects of some of the regions more heady styles.
    2016
    Grenache
    France
    467
  13. L'Hortus VDP de Montferrand Bergerie Blanc 2020
    L'Hortus VDP de Montferrand Bergerie Blanc 2020
    STAGE 15 - FLAT - RODEZ > CARCASSONNE 202.5KM

    30% Roussanne, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Viognier, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Petit Manseng, 5% Muscat petit grain

    The Domaine de l’Hortus is in the heart of the AOC Pic Saint Loup Coteaux du Languedoc. The vineyard stretches in a deep valley between two mountains – the Pic Saint Loup and the Hortus.
    Various independent small plots are implanted with vine in the middle of oak and pine trees forests on the slopes of both mountains.

    The grapes were directly pressed, fermented in tanks and aged for four months giving this wine an amazing floral and charming nose, a very refreshing, crisp, dry white wine. Delicious & aromatic, with real texture and weight that holds in the wonderfully fragarnt fruit and top-notes. It reminds us of a field of wildflowers, with honey and zesty citrus flavours. Balanced, with freshness and volume.
    2020
    chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Roussane, sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
    France
    467
  14. Cuilleron Roussanne 2020
    Cuilleron Roussanne 2020

    STAGE 13 - FLAT - LE BOURG D'OISANS > SAINT-ÉTIENNE 193 KM

    The legendary Cuilleron is a family-owned Northern Rhone estate that has been in production for three generations with current owner/proprietor Yves Cuilleron now at the helm. Sustainability in their approach to farming and winemaking is key while the lea into traditional practices when crafting their wines. Whatever they lay their hands own you can be guaranteed of the quality.

    This is all about exuberant fruit made to be drunk young while all the vivacious energy is bubbling away still. Grapes are sourced from around Chavanay and Saint-Michel-sur-Rhone, just south of Condrie.  Half stainless and the other half in barrel give this a lovely sense of energy as well as drive and richness. A balancing act that is often hard to achieve with roussane but when done right is so enticing. Citrus, stone fruits and flowers, with some waxiness that's often associated with Roussanne. It seems to be at once opulent as well as fresh and zingy. Bang on!

    2020
    Roussane
    France
    467
  15. Domaine de la Mordoree Cotes du Rhone 2020
    Domaine de la Mordoree Cotes du Rhone 2020
    This is a super charged Cotes du Rhone. If you are thinking of a reasonably simple, straightforward, gluggable (ok it may have some of that about it) red then you are in for a treat. It hits all the right notes with upfront, big, bold fruit. Some of the regional garrigue, crushed rock, aniseed, little wafts of something more perfumed, it's a lovely mix of enticing and serious. That fruit almost tips over in to plump and easy going but the tannins pull it all in and keep everything grumbling along. I know the general rule would be to drink a CDR straight away but I would really love to see this guy in five years or so. Don't get me wrong, drink up buttercup, its great right out of the gate, but there is enough in the tank to make sure it builds a little more nuance over a handful of years too. In the scheme of things this is insane value and just goes to show why so many people hold this estate up as one of the greats. Everything they do at every level is excellent. ROSCOE
    2018
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  16. Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage “Papillon” 2020
    Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage “Papillon” 2020
    STAGE 13 -  FLAT - LE BOURG D'OISANS > SAINT-ÉTIENNE 193 KM

    The Robin family have grown grapes in Crozes-Hermitage for four generations, the first vineyard a 1.27 ha plot acquired by Gilles' great-grandfather Louis Pasquion in 1920. But until 1995 the production was substantially sold to the local cooperative in Tain l'Hermitage. When Gilles took over from his father Michel in 1996 however, he set the estate on a new course, bottling his first wines under the Gilles Robin label. More than 25 vintages later he is widely regarded as one of the top producers of the region.

    100% Syrah from vines planted in 1996, 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. An early drinking style driven by perfumed black raspberry fruit with anise and spice notes lingering long on the fresh and vibrant finish. The violet lilt and pristine fruit standout here with nothing encumbered by oak and no need to flash this up given the quality here. A medium bodied Syrah, that is great all year round.
    2020
    shiraz
    France
    467
  17. Domaine la Roubine Vacqueyras 2019
    Domaine la Roubine Vacqueyras 2019
    70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre. Plush ripe plums, mulberry, fresh crushed raspberries, pastille, anise and wild florals, classic Rhone crushed rocks, and subtle cocoa. Palate has mouth-coating fruit power with violet and plum rounded by fine chalky tannins. A full-bodied wine that is bought slick into balance with perfumed high tones, wild fruit, and a lingering line of acidity. This wine has the structure to last through medium-term cellaring but also shows great immediacy with lively up front energy.  EFFIE ROSS
    2019
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  18. Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2018 375ml
    Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2018 375ml
    Deep, shimmering ruby. Powerful red and dark berry scents are complemented by exotic spice, garrigue and floral nuances. Sappy and densely packed, offering juicy raspberry, cherry preserve, licorice and fruitcake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins build steadily on an impressively long, penetrating finish that leaves behind lavender and juicy cherry notes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
    2017
    Grenache
    France
    467
  19. Ogier La Rosine Syrah 2018
    Ogier La Rosine Syrah 2018
    Pungent blueberry, cherry, incense and a hint of cracked pepper on the fragrant nose. Appealingly sweet and broad in the mouth, showing good depth and clarity to the juicy, smoke-tinged black and blue fruit flavors. Reveals a building floral quality and lively, spicy lift on the long, subtly tannic finish, which leaves a hint of violet behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous Media

    The 2018 La Rosine Syrah blends scents of licorice, tapenade, cola and plums on the nose, revealing substantial complexity. Medium to full-bodied, it shows excellent ripeness on the palate, silky tannins and ample length on the mouthwatering finish. It's a terrific introduction to Stéphane Ogier's range of Syrahs from the Northern Rhône. JOE CZERWINSKI, Robert Parker
    2018
    shiraz
    France
    467
  20. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 1500ml
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 1500ml

    The 2015 Cotes du Rhone marks a terrific return to form for this cuvée. It’s intense and peppery, with concentrated black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied palate and a long finish. JOE CZERWINSHI robertparker.com

    The 2015 Côtes du Rhône checks in as a final blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre. It offers a juicy, Syrah-driven bouquet of ripe blackberry fruits, smoked meats, pepper, and hints of underbrush as well as a rich, medium to full-bodied, polished style on the palate. It has ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate depth... it’s a beautiful Côtes du Rhône that will deliver the goods. JEB DUNNUCK


    Very flashy, glossy Syrah on the nose. Bit of treacle but great richness too. Great gloss and balance. Racy. Energetic. This doesn’t taste very like southern Rhône! They specialise in buying lots which others don’t want. They seek slow-maturing well-structured Syrahs. This will be a huge hit! JANCIS ROBINSON

    2012
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  21. Mont Redon Gigondas 2017
    Mont Redon Gigondas 2017
    Mont Redon is the appellation's largest vineyard owner, with 100 hectares under vine. Most of the parcels are on red clay and galets roulés, with smaller portions on sandy or limestone terroirs. Starting with the 2016 vintage, there is a special cuvée called le Plateau (de Mont Redon), which comes exclusively from the galets. It sees more oak and a higher proportion of new oak, but because of the concentration in the 2016 and 2017 vintages, it's not especially noticeable. The wine is a step above the large-production cuvée tradition in quality, but it's yet to be released. It's in keeping with the winemaking philosophy espoused by Pierre Fabre, who told me, "Color for me isn't quality-linked, it's style-linked. Most important is complexity and length." These aren't big, extracted wines but wines that feel comfortable and balanced.

    This producer's first Gigondas is a terrific debut. The 2017 Gigondas Reserve Mont Redon-a blend of 85% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 6% Mourvèdre-comes from the lieux-dits of Pied Gu, Pallière and Notre Dame des Pallières and was aged in a mix of lightly used Burgundian pièces and tank. Perfumes include scents of violets, lavender, cherries and vanilla, while the full-bodied palate is lush and creamy, ending long, with hints of cracked pepper and salted licorice. JOE CZERWINSKI, eRobertParker.com
    2017
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  22. Domaine la Roubine Gigondas 2019
    Domaine la Roubine Gigondas 2019

    Lovely nose, lavender and plum, really transports you to the place. This is rounded and soft with acidity that is fairly low. Succulent and deeply fruited with loads of soft, pliant, massy fruit tannin - it's quite saturated. Very much of its vintage and also of its place. MATT WALLS, Decanter

    Typically this wine is in the more middle weight spectrum of Gigondas but this guy eases in to full bodied and generous category and does so with aplomb. A generously fruited and voluminous wine that boldly fills your mouth and doesn't shy away from its sumptuousness, rather it embraces all that power and weight as it delivers an array of ripe fruit, rocky minerality, little swirls of cool boysenberry like notes play their part as well. Dusty/powdery tannins make their presence felt just enough to stop this feeling like it's full throttled. I think it needs a little time, three or four years, to come together properly but if you opened one now and decanted it for a while it wouldn't be a shame, with some air more of the usual perfume and cooler edged fruit begins to appear. A serious rendition of this PWS favourite. ROSCOE

    2019
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  23. Pierre Gaillard St Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2019
    Pierre Gaillard St Joseph Clos de Cuminaille 2019
    Beautiful combination of fresh blackberry, bacon fat and cinnamon spice. This is rounded, concentrated and elegant on the palate. No excess weight or alcohol, lovely deep-set acidity and a long finish. An exceptional vintage for Cuminaille. Such a beautiful wine, as good as many Côte-Rôties this year. Smart buy. A 3ha plot in Chavanay grown on granite planted in 1981. All destemmed. Aged for 18 months in barriques, 40% new. DECANTER.COM

    Both creamy and floral on the nose. Wonderful freshness gives a zippy palate that just skips along. Highly defined and textured tannins sit well alongside a salty minerality and peppery herbal note. Long and layered finish. ALISTAIR COOPER MW, jancisrobinson.com
    2019
    shiraz
    France
    467
    Special Price $77.00 Regular Price $91.00
  24. Domaine Font de Courtedune Chateauneuf du Pape 2019
    Domaine Font de Courtedune Chateauneuf du Pape 2019

    Lots of ripe black cherries, leather, candied violets, and peppery herb notes emerge from the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape, which is almost all Grenache (99%) that was brought up all in concrete tanks. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and nicely structured, it has some of the vintage's savory, firm tannins, but this is beautifully done and will benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for over a decade.JEB DUNNUCK

    A tank-aged Grenache selection from sandy sites, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape features pretty lavender and garrigue shadings, plus raspberries, cherries and hints of stone fruit. It's full-bodied, concentrated and tannic but ripe and should come good in time. JOE CZERWINSKI, Wine Advocate

     

    2019
    Grenache
    France
    467
    Special Price $77.00 Regular Price $91.00 As low as $68.00
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