of the Rhone Valley
of Côtes du Rhône can
be separated into two geographic areas:
Rôtie with its hills bathed in sun, produces
a warm, robust, full-bodied, richly colored red wine.
Harsh and dark when they are young those wines become
softer and develop with age an excellent bouquet.
Two grape-varieties dominate the production, Viognier and Syrah.
Wines of Côte Rôtie are often considered
as the best Côtes du Rhône.
"Coteaux (slope) de l'Hermitage" dominates the small
town of Tain l'Hermitage. The first plantations date
from the 10th century but it is under Louis the XIV that
l'Hermitage obtains its credential letters... It was
the favourite cru of the Tsar court in Russia.
The red wines of Hermitage are
generous and well balanced, strong aromas and a complete
bouquet. They tolerate aging very well and become smooth
and mellow when they mature.
southern vineyards produce 80% of Côtes du Rhône
du Pape is the most famous Côtes du Rhône
wine. The "Coteaux"
(slope) is between Orange and Avignon, in one of the
most beautiful landscapes of Provence, where the Popes
had their summer residence.
The Châteauneuf du Pape is thick, harsh, powerful
and richly colored. It is elaborated with 13 authorized
and controlled grape-varieties among which Syrah, Grenache and Clairette.
are produced in large quantity and are of a very
good value for every day consumption.
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