Rhone (Rhône)

2005 Montirius Gigondas Terres des Ainés, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

This is an example of why to buy and cellar "lesser" wines in great vintages.  This is certainly improved since the last time I had it in 2010.  Right now it seems to be at peak.  It

2012 Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

What a great value.  This wine is in a wonderful place right now.  Still youthful with some upside but delicious.  Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, black olives

2009 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98

What an excellent wine.  It seems mature but it keeps getting better so who knows.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose is gorgeous with black and red cherries, spice an

2015 Saint Cosme Gigondas, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Very nice wine.  Deep ruby in color, bright.  The nose has black cherries, dusty, with leather.  On the palate, this is a rich,lush wine.  Firm tannins.  Plenty of dark che

2012 Château de Ségriès Lirac Cuvée Réservée, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88

Not as good as other vintages of this wine often are.  This is usually a stellar value.  That said, this is a solid wine and probably drinking at peak right now.  Ruby/purple in colo

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine, France, Rhone, Chateau Neuf du Pape - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93

Deep golden in color.  Blind I guessed the was a Chardonnay.  Oh well.  Seems like a fair amount of oak in terms of vanilla and saw dust (to a lesser extent).  On the palate, lo

Northern Rhône Syrah: Foods to Pair and Meals that Call for Northern Rhône Syrah

The Northern Rhône region in France—the classic spot for Syrah wines. This is where the variety originated and where it became popular in the 1970s after decades of decline. In recent years, Syrah has become famous as a varietal wine and as a blending partner (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, to name two) all over the world, from Spain to the US and Australia. But when I think of Syrah, it’s France that comes to mind—medium to full-bodied wines with intoxicating aromas of exotic flowers, game and roasted meats, a stony minerality and an utterly seductive herbaceous quality. There are five appellations for Syrah in the Northern Rhône: the Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, the most famous region in the world for Syrah. In Hermitage, well-known producers like Guigal and Jaboulet produce wines meant to age for decades, with prices that could take a regular person about that long to save up enough to afford, for example, Guigal’s internationally traded, high-end “La La” wines, which are some of the most expensive in the world. Northern Rhône Syrah is so rich and powerful that merchants in Bordeaux in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries blended it with their own wines to strengthen them.

Top 75 French Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking (a non-dump bucket list if you will!)

If you are a wine lover, wine connoisseur, wine aficionado or even if you just like to have a couple of glasses on a Friday night, it soon becomes obvious that there are some wines that are held in a higher esteem in the wine world.  Sometimes, it is because these wines are very rare.  Other times, it’s because the wine has a place in history.   Sometimes it’s because the wine is just that good.  Here is a list of 75 wines from France that make up that category.  A few caveats.  I have not tried every wine on this list.  Some I have and others I hope to.  Many of these wines are rare and hard to find.  That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be on the list.  After all, if the opportunity presents itself, go for it. 

Cotes du Rhone Wines: Great Value from the Rhone Valley

Wines from the Rhone Valley in France can be great values especially those wines labeled Cotes du Rhone.  Cotes du Rhone is an AOC wine whose territory extends over the Rhone Valley from Vienne in the north to Avignon in the south.  Cote means hillside and Rhone is the famous river that runs thru southeastern France.  The AOC spans across areas in both the northern and southern Rhone Valleys.  Cotes du Rhone is often referred to as a generic appellation because it is the lowest level of AOC wines and covers such a large area.  All though not the subject of this article, the AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages allows for “better” wines coming from one of the allowed villages.  These will be explored in a future article. 

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