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
Domaine de la Janasse
Domaine de la Janasse - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2010

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes

2010
(Magnum)
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Domaine la Barroche
Domaine la Barroche - Chateauneuf du Pape Pure 2007

Chateauneuf du Pape Pure

2007
(Magnum)
€ 559,00 (ex Vat) € 676,39 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Turque 2012

Cote Roti La Turque

2012
€ 254,00 (ex Vat) € 307,34 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Chapelle Saint Theodoric
Chapelle Saint Theodoric - Chateauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin 2020

Chateauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

2020
€ 99,95 (ex Vat) € 120,94 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2018

Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

2018
€ 320,00 (ex Vat) € 387,20 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2016

Ermitage Le Meal Rouge

2016
€ 176,00 (ex Vat) € 212,96 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2016

Ermitage Le Meal Rouge

2016
€ 186,00 (ex Vat) € 225,06 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2017

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2017
€ 254,00 (ex Vat) € 307,34 (in Vat) more info
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Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2018

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2018
€ 249,00 € 234,00 (ex Vat) € 283,14 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Chapoutier
Chapoutier - Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2019

Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

2019
€ 244,00 (ex Vat) € 295,24 (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 99
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2017

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2017
€ 995,00 (ex Vat) € 1.203,95 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 99
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2020

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2020
€ 325,00 (ex Vat) € 393,25 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 99
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin 2020

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage Jacques Perrin

2020
(Magnum)
€ 659,00 (ex Vat) € 797,39 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes  2020

Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

2020
€ 162,00 (ex Vat) € 196,02 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 97
Chave
Chave - Hermitage    2016

Hermitage

2016
€ 399,00 (ex Vat) € 482,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Chave
Chave - Hermitage 2019

Hermitage

2019
€ 399,00 (ex Vat) € 482,79 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 97
Delas
Delas - Hermitage les Bessards  2019

Hermitage les Bessards

2019
€ 142,00 (ex Vat) € 171,82 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 98
Domaine du Pegau
Domaine du Pegau - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Les Gouttes de Dieu 2016

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Les Gouttes de Dieu

2016
(Magnum)
€ 2.495,00 (ex Vat) € 3.018,95 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Landonne 2014

Cote Roti La Landonne

2014
€ 264,00 (ex Vat) € 319,44 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Landonne   2018

Cote Roti La Landonne

2018
€ 315,00 (ex Vat) € 381,15 (in Vat) more info
Parker 97
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline 2014

Cote Roti La Mouline

2014
€ 244,00 (ex Vat) € 295,24 (in Vat) more info
Parker 98
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline  2017

Cote Roti La Mouline

2017
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
Parker 99
Guigal
Guigal - Cote Roti La Mouline  2018

Cote Roti La Mouline

2018
€ 315,00 (ex Vat) € 381,15 (in Vat) more info
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