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The Wines of the Rhone Valley

Cotes du Rhone AOC

The Cotes du Rhone AOC is not only the largest Appellation within the Rhone Valley but its production makes it one of the largest wine growing regions in the world. Producing some 400 million bolltles from it’s 200,000 acres are spread across 171 villages in 6 Departments(States).(Ardèche, Bouches du Rhône, Drôme, Gard, Loire, and Vaucluse)

Three wines are produced in the Cotes du Rhone AOC: Red, White and Rose  and  each must reach a minimum of 11% Alcohol by Volume. The average yield from the vineyards is 52 Hectolitres per acres which translates to 230 cases per acre.

The Red wines of the Cotes du Rhone AOC are made from a blend of  Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignane, Counoise and Mourvèdre grapes.

The Rosé wines of the Cotes du Rhone AOC are also made from Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignane, Counoise and Mourvèdre grapes.
The White wines of the Cotes du Rhone AOC  is a blend of at least 80% Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier. Two other grape varieties are permitted Ugni Blanc and Picpoul Blanc.

Within the Cotes du Rhone AOC  the are two sub-regions.

Côtes du Rhône “septentrional which is the northern part of the region.  The vines grow on very steep slopes, making the harvest very difficult since they are hand harvested.  Syrah is the main grape in this area.

Côtes du Rhône “méridional” which is the southern part of the region. The vines grow on the eastern side of the Rhone River. While the dominant grape is Grenache,   Syrah and Mourvedre are also grown there.

Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC

On the quality ladder Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC is the next step up above Côtes du Rhône AOC.

This designation can only be used by 95 villages in the Departments(State) of  Ardèche, the Drôme, the Gard, and Vaucluse,  with approximately 7,500 acres under cultivation.

Three wines are produced in the Cotes du Rhone Villages AOC: Red, White and Rose  and  each must reach a minimum of 12% Alcohol by Volume. The average yield from the vineyards is 38 Hectolitres per acres which translates to (230) cases per acre.
Like the rest of the Cotes du Rhone AOC ,the wine is a blend dominated by Grenache with  Syrah and Mourvèdre in a supporting role. Up to 20% of the blend could be Cinsault, Carignane and Counoise. ?

Côtes du Rhône Villages (named village)

Within the Cotes du Rhone wines this designation is reserved for 18 villages with approximately (13,750) acres of vineyards under cultivation.
Three wines are produced in the Cotes du Rhone Villages (named village)AOC:  The Red wines must have a minimum of 12.5 % Alcohol by Volume. The Rosé and White wines must have a minimum of 12 % Alcohol by Volume. The average yield from the vineyards is 37 HL (Hectolitres per hectare) which translates to 165 cases per acre.
The named villages are as listed:  Cairanne, Chusclan (red and rosé only), Gadagne, Laudun, Massif d’Uchaux (red only), Plan de Dieu (red only), Puyméras (red only), Roaix, Rochegude, Rousset-les-Vignes, Sablet, Saint Gervais, Saint Maurice, Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, Séguret, Signargues (red only), Valréas, Visan.

 

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MatthewRinkerman • December 7, 2015


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