Rhône Valley

Warm, spicy reds are the order of the day here: white pepper features in the Northern Rhône and herby garrigue in the South. It’s very much two areas in one: if you drive down the motorway from Lyon, it can quite often be cool and cloudy until you reach Montélimar when the skies clear and the temperature moves up a notch. The North also uses more Burgundian-style winemaking techniques in terms of its use of demi-muids oak barrels rather than the large foudres of further south. There are unifying factors though and the main one is the use of Syrah grapes. Syrah contributes much character as the single variety in the North for Côte- Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and Cornas, or as a blending partner in the South. Blending in order to achieve complexity reaches its apotheosis in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If Châteauneuf looks a bit pricey these days, try Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Lirac, Cairanne or Rasteau. Ripe, silky Grenache plays an important role in these wines, as it does in most Côtes du Rhône. Gentle whites made from Marsanne and Roussanne, and orange blossom Viogniers, particularly Condrieu, are impressive. Then there’s Tavel for rosé and Muscat de Beaumes de Venise for vin doux naturel.

Areas within Rhône Valley:

Northern Rhône  |  Southern Rhône

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  1. Gigondas, Gonnet Rhone Selection
    Gigondas, Font du Vent, Famille Gonnet 2017
    Grenache 14.5% Vol
    Rhône Valley > Southern Rhône
    Made mostly from 80 year old Grenache, this wine has gorgeous spiced damson fruit on the nose and a...
    £22.50 per bottle
  2. Gigondas Tourelles Perrin
    Gigondas, Domaine du Clos des Tourelles, Famille Perrin 2017
    Grenache 14.5% Vol
    Rhône Valley > Southern Rhône
    Plenty of redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, then more blackberry on the palate. Wonderful...
    £42.00 per bottle
  3. Gigondas, Gonnet Rhone Selection
    Gigondas, Le Vin du Léonard, Famille Gonnet 2018
    Grenache 14.5% Vol
    Rhône Valley > Southern Rhône
    Made mostly from 80 year old Grenache, this wine has gorgeous spiced damson fruit on the nose and a...
    £22.50 per bottle
  4. Gigondas
    Gigondas, Domaine du Cayron 2017
    Grenache 14.5% Vol
    Rhône Valley > Southern Rhône
    A fresh nose with hints of cassis, forest fruits and black pepper. More spices and liquorice on the...
    £26.50 per bottle
  5. Gigondas, Tour Sarrazine, Clos Cazaux
    Gigondas, Cuvée de la Tour Sarrasine, Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux 2017
    Grenache 14.5% Vol
    Rhône Valley > Southern Rhône
    Black olive and dark chocolate coupled with perfectly ripe black cherry fruit on the nose, the...
    £19.50 per bottle

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