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Rhône Wine France

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A long and narrow valley producing flavorful red, white, and rosé wines, the Rhône is bisected by the river of the same name and split into two distinct sub-regions—north and south. While a handful of grape varieties span the entire length of the valley, there are significant differences between the two zones in climate and geography as well as the style and quantity of wines produced. The Northern Rhône, with its continental climate and steep hillside vineyards, is responsible for a mere 5% or less of the greater region’s total output. The Southern Rhône has a much more Mediterranean climate, the aggressive, chilly Mistral wind and plentiful fragrant wild herbs known collectively as ‘garrigue.’

In the Northern Rhône, the only permitted red variety is Syrah, which in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie, it produces velvety black-fruit driven, savory, peppery red wines often with telltale notes of olive, game and smoke. Full-bodied, perfumed whites are made from Viognier in Condrieu and Château-Grillet, while elsewhere only Marsanne and Roussanne are used, with the former providing body and texture and the latter lending nervy acidity. The wines of the Southern Rhône are typically blends, with the reds often based on Grenache and balanced by Syrah, Mourvèdre, and an assortment of other varieties. All three northern white varieties are used here, as well as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourbelenc and more. The best known sub-regions of the Southern Rhône are the reliable, wallet-friendly Côtes du Rhône and the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Others include Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the rosé-only appellation Tavel.

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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2016
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras Rouge 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph 2016  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Saintes Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Nalys Saintes Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes  2016 Front Label
    Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Hommage a Gabriel 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Hommage a Gabriel 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2016  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016
    Grenache Blanc from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Val de Dieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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