Côtes du Rhône
This huge appellation (second only in size to the generic red AOC Bordeaux) is made up mainly of red wines from the southern Rhône valley, where the plains extend for many kilometres each side of the river. The balance is made up of good quantities of rosé and just 2% of white wines. The grapes used in this generic AOC reflect those used for the grander wines of the region, the Syrah and Viognier of the northern Rhône, and of course the plethora of varieties found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but Grenache tends to make up the majority.
While some very good individual producers stand out – and these are of most interest to us – the appellation is dominated by the cooperatives and the large négociant houses of the region. The best wines are normally to be found on the hilly sites away from the Rhône to the east or the west. Here the soils are more complex, minerally, and even a slight elevation can bring the cooling breezes and the better freshness and fruit definition that they entail.
Our Côtes du Rhône Selection
|Saut du Mulet, Chartreuse de Valbonne, Côtes du Rhône blanc 2015|