The best Rhone wines

The Rhone region has two specific sections with their own character. The northernmost part has vineyards close to the river Rhone, whereas the southern part has its vineyards dozens of miles away from the river banks. As is the case in the Bourgogne, this region also has a winemaking tradition stemming from Roman times.

The northern Rhône is mainly known for its Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage wines. Some of the greatest wines in the world are made here. The southern part is known mainly for Côte du Rhone and Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.

There is a great variety of grapes in the Rhône, of which the Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèrde, Muscat, Viognier, Marsanne, and Rousanne are best known.

Rhone grape varieties

In the Rhone, many grape varieties are used. The most famous blue grapes are Syrah, Grenache and Mourverdre. The most common white grapes are Viognier, Marsanne, Roussane and Muscat.

Syrah

Syrah or Shiraz
The syrah grape is called shiraz in Australia. This grape grows mainly in warm and sunny regions. The syrah grape gives very powerful, concentrated and fruity wines and is effortless to combine with most dishes. This grape also derives some of its popularity.
Taste
The wines are fruity. Depending on the ripeness of the wine, red fruit (raspberry) or black fruit (blackberry) emerges. Characteristic is also a lot of spiciness (e.g. pepper and cloves) and dark (chocolate, smoke), animal (leather) and chemical (rubber) elements. The syrah grape can produce very different and complex wines.
Other
The grapes are used in many ways. In the Rhône this grape produces very famous and expensive wines (Côte Roti). The syrah grape is also used in Chateauneuf du Pape, mixed with many other grape varieties. In the southern hemisphere, the wine is sometimes mixed with cabernet sauvignon, which can produce very impressive and complex wines.

Grenache

Grenache or Garnacha
The grenache grape is cultivated in France especially in the south. In Spain, this grape is called garnacha; there it is the most planted grape. This grape variety needs a lot of heat and sun. It naturally has a lot of sugars, which can cause the grenache wines to contain a lot of alcohol. The grenache grape is often used in combination with other grape varieties and is a popular grape variety for making rosé.
Taste
The wines are characterized by red fruit, black fruit and spiciness (pepper, cinnamon).

Viognier

This grape is mainly used in the northern Rhône region; however, the spread of this grape variety is rapid. The viognier is not an easy-to-grow grape. The yield per hectare is low and the grapes are susceptible to rotting. The grape is not suitable for long maturation. The viognier grape is also used in blends of red wines, to give the red wine extra flexibility.
Taste
The wines are full and round, there is a lot of concentration. The wine can also develop a lot of alcohol and have very own aromas of white fruit (pear), tropical fruit and dried fruit (apricot) in older wines.

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Top Wines from Rhone

Parker 100
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline 2010

Cote Roti La Mouline

2010
€ 349,00 (ex Vat) € 422,29 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 100
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2016

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2016
€ 369,00 (ex Vat) € 446,49 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 100
Domaine le Haut Lieu (Gaston Huet)
Domaine le Haut Lieu (Gaston Huet) - Cuvee constance 1997

Cuvee constance

1997
(Half Liter)
€ 129,00 (ex Vat) € 156,09 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Landonne 2003

Cote Roti La Landonne

2003
€ 559,00 (ex Vat) € 676,39 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Landonne 2013

Cote Roti La Landonne

2013
€ 239,00 (ex Vat) € 289,19 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline 2009

Cote Roti La Mouline

2009
€ 349,00 (ex Vat) € 422,29 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne - Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2010

Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve

2010
€ 229,00 (ex Vat) € 277,09 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline 2005

Cote Roti La Mouline

2005
€ 419,00 (ex Vat) € 506,99 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Turque 2012

Cote Roti La Turque

2012
€ 249,00 (ex Vat) € 301,29 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Jaboulet Aine
Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage La Chapelle 2015

Hermitage La Chapelle

2015
(Double Magnum)
€ 799,00 (ex Vat) € 966,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree 2017

Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree

2017
€ 159,00 (ex Vat) € 192,39 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2013

Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

2013
€ 169,00 (ex Vat) € 204,49 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2014

Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

2014
€ 219,00 (ex Vat) € 264,99 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2017

Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

2017
€ 279,00 (ex Vat) € 337,59 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2017

Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

2017
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2016

Ermitage Le Meal Rouge

2016
€ 189,00 (ex Vat) € 228,69 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2013

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2013
€ 159,00 (ex Vat) € 192,39 (in Vat) more info
Parker 100
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2016

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2016
€ 319,00 (ex Vat) € 385,99 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2017

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2017
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2005

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2005
(Double Magnum)
€ 1.195,00 (ex Vat) € 1.445,95 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 98
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2013

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2013
€ 249,00 (ex Vat) € 301,29 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2015

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2015
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Delas
Delas - Hermitage les Bessards 2012

Hermitage les Bessards

2012
€ 109,00 (ex Vat) € 131,89 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Delas
Delas - Hermitage les Bessards 2015

Hermitage les Bessards

2015
€ 149,00 (ex Vat) € 180,29 (in Vat) more info
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