Rhône

(France)

In the Rhone Valley are mainly produced red wines , from grapes of Syrah . Most of the wines that come from this grape are produced in the northern area, while in the south are typical Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre . Robust and rustic, the wines of the Rhone begin to be appreciated since the late eighties. The region is divided in two by the river from which it takes its name: in the north belong the most famous names, Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage . However, in the Rhone Valley there is also an interesting white grape, the Viognier , produced in the Condrieu area , where the smallest AOC area in France is located: Château-Grillet . The two areas of the Rhone Valley are not only a geographical division, but also a real differentiation of two wine production styles. To the north the wines are generally monovitigno , while in the south the assemblage of more grapes prevails. Think of the famous "Southern" wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape : it embodies the beauty of 13 different grapes, both red and white! There is a very high variety of grapes produced: there are 11 main white and 10 black ones, not to mention the lesser ones. The wine area is recognized by the French classification system as AOC (the equivalent of the Italian DOC). 7 in the north and 7 in the south the main denominations AOC of the territory. To the north it rains more, the region is greener and the climate more favorable to the growth of the vines: for this, 90% of the best known wines are concentrated in it. It is the hill of the Hermitage where the best are produced. Worthy of note, however, are also rosés. Characteristic is the mixture, used in the south, of white grapes and black grapes: even if the legislation allows a maximum 20% addition to the single-variety, the producers almost always distinguish only for a 5%, but enough to give unique aromas. The greater heat and brightness of the south allows for more full-bodied and complex wines. A separate note deserves Château Grillet : a symbolic wine of the Rhône Valley, of great aromatic complexity, it is a snobbish wine, which ages well and can even cost several hundred of Euro!

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Region
Rhône
Country
France
Soil and climate
The climate of the northern rhone is dominated by the continental climate, with cold winters and rather hot summers. In addition, the mistral, the strong wind of the Alps, can tear away the tender jets of the vineyard or the berries on the slopes near the river. The climate of the southern rhone dominates the whole area with mild winters and hot summers. But violent storms can break down here and the rigid mistral can also hit the southern part of the Rhone.
History
The area of ​​the Rhone consists, in fact, of two distinct areas, north and south, separated by a range of tens of kilometers without viticulture, the two districts have different climate, soil and vines. Northern Rhone begins in the Beaujolais district, where the Rhone has dug its bed making its steep banks and vineyards grow on a very narrow and predominantly terraced strip. In the southern rhone is marked by signs of a glorious past: the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard, the imposing city of Avignon with its papal palace and medieval walls, not to mention the heart of the Châteneuf-du-Pape district with its medieval castle.
Typical products
In the Northern Rhone the dominant grape is Syrah, known for its powerful wines, with high acidity, rich in tannins and anthocyanins. About twenty years ago, the white vine, Viognier, was cultivated only in a small area of ​​Condrieu and Château-Grillet, but today we find it in many other districts, even outside of France. Everywhere in the southern rhone dominates the Grenache, a black vine that gives wines famous for spicy scent, softness and warmth. The wines of Grenache have a tendency to oxidize quickly with loss of color, but with old vines and low yields, they can achieve surprisingly good quality and concentrations. The black vines, Morvedre, Syrah, Muscardin and Vaccarèse have body, color and structure; Counoise, Cinsault and the white grape variety Picpoul give vinosity, aroma and freshness and Clairette and Bourboulene (white) give finesse and warmth.
Typical dishes
The Rhône-Alpes promises great experiences in the sign of taste. The Lyon bouchons offer "cochonnailles", that is cold cuts, quenelles, cervelle de canut (fresh cheese and herbs), cake with pralines and coussins lyonnais, made with chocolate and almond paste. The Savoy and Delfinato kitchens create tasty and robust specialties with simple ingredients: gratin, croziflette, tartiflette (dishes made with flour, cheese, potatoes ...), diots (Savoyard sausages) matafan aux pommes (the typical sweet Savoyard) with apples). The cheeses of Savoy (beaufort, toma and reblochon) rival the picodons, and the goats of the Ardèche and the Drôme, as well as the fourmes of the Loire department.
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Producer Domaine de la Janasse
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 20% Syrah, 65% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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Producer Domaine de la Janasse
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 100% Grenache
Alcohol: 15.50% by volume
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Producer Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise
Alcohol: 15.50% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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Producer Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes
Wine type Red biodynamic still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 80% Cannonau, 5% Ottavianello, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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Producer Jean Michel Gerin
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
Alcohol: 12.50% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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Producer Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 15% Syrah, 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Clairette
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
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Producer Jean-Louis Chave
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer Domaine de Marcoux
Wine type White biodynamic still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 60% Roussanne, 40% Bourboulenc
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
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Producer Domaine Dard & Ribo
Wine type Red biodynamic still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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Producer Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Wine type Red still
Region: Rhône
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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