Côte-Rôtie appellation is the regional appellation that defines wines produced in the Rhône Valley as early as 1937, in Northern Rhone wine region, Southern France. Approved since many local and communal AOCs distinguishing specific terroirs or specificity of production, it gathers in fact the reds, rosés and dry whites (very minority) produced on 420 square kilometers of vines, scattered on 171 communes and 6 departments (Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Loire, Rhône and Vaucluse).

Most of the production (averagely, more than 220,000,000 liters in a year, totally) comes from the southern vineyards. The predominantly Mediterranean climate has warm, sunny days and is balanced by seasonal rains and the influence of the Mistral. The vine planting dedicated to this appellation is dominated by Grenache (40% minimum) for reds and rosés, Syrah is also very present throughout the southern part. Based on appellation rules and regulation, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as co-fermentation. Therefore, Côte-Rôtie wine typically exhibits an almost paradoxical pairing of meat aromas (including bacon) and floral aromas.

Many complementary grape varieties (Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Terret, …) can come to answer the local problems of soils and climate, the name being able to be produced on almost all the terroirs of the Valley of the Rhone. Raised in barrels or vats, the Côtes-du-Rhône offers a wide variety of wines, often at affordable prices. Light, fruity, nervy-attacking reds can be found, as well as tannic and structured wines from the warmest, sunniest vineyards. The rosé wines are very influenced by the Cinsault, are fruity and to consume young. The rare white wines are fresh and aromatic, thanks to Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Clairette and Viognier blends grapes.

 

A part of important features of Côte-Rôtie appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Pale granite and schist soil, iron-rich schist.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: White wines with golden color.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of important features of Côte-Rôtie appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Pale granite and schist soil, iron-rich schist.
  • Taste: Light.
  • Wine color: Red and a dark ruby cherry color.
  • Aromas: Fruity & floral.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Côte-Rôtie appellation for rose wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Pale granite and schist soil, iron-rich schist.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Fruity & floral.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 420 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Côte-Rôtie
Grapes: Viognier for white wines, Grenache, Syrah grapes for red wines (also up to 20% Viognier used for its aroma) and Grenache and Syrah grapes for rose wines.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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