Rhone Valley

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Rhone Valley

  1. 1. THE NORTHERN RHONE  Principal AOCs: Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, Chateau Grillet, St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas, St. Peray  Principal Grape varities: SYRAH, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette  World renowned red’s from the Syrah grape with smoky, floral and roasted meat flavors that can age for decades.  Whites are lesser known, however Condrieu; made from 100% Viognier, is revered for its complex aromas and incredible texture
  2. 2. VINEYARDS OF CÔTE RÔTIE • North part of Rhone Valley, around Vienne city, on the right bank of the river • Some of the oldest vineyards in France • Some of the steepest vineyards in the world, & incredibly labor intensive to harvest • Production is based solely on red wine
  3. 3. Hermitage The Hermitage hill stands above the Rhône River and the town of Tain-l'Hermitage.
  4. 4. Hermitage •The vines grow on the south west side of a steep granite hill facing the afternoon sun and can be divided into a number of smaller vineyards. •These are "Les Bessards" to the west, "L'Hermite and "La Chapelle on the top of the mountain, and "Bessards", "Le Méal", "Les Greffieux" and "Murets" to the east. •With 345 acres (1.40 km2) of vines, in soil composed greatly of granite and gravels, Hermitage produces 730,000 bottles of mostly red wines, annually Also... Rich, dry white wines are also produced from a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. These wines are also usually left to age, for up to 15 years. Vin de paille or Straw Wine is also produced in this region.
  5. 5. THE SOUTHERN RHONE  Principal AOCs: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueras, Gigondas, Tavel, Beaumes-de- Venise, Cotes-du- Rhone(village)  Principal Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette  Southern Rhone known for its blended wines. Grenache is the headliner for most red blends.
  6. 6. C h a te a u n e u f - d u - Pa p e •13 different grape varietals permitted, although, Grenache dominates •Red and White wines are produced •Can be traditional (medium bodied and earthy) and modern (big, juicy and fruit driven)
  7. 7. THE FAMOUS “LES GALETS” OF CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE. THESE STONES HELP RETAIN THE HEAT DURING THE COOLER MONTHS.

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