The Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation comes from the AOC Côtes-du-Rhône. This is a reference to prioritize the immense and relatively opaque production of the Côtes-du-Rhône, by setting up a system of valorization of the terroirs. White, red and rosé wines are all produced within the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation. This appellation was established as AOC in 1966-1967.

The area under cultivation for Côtes du Rhône Villages is in average 22.12 square kilometers and the average yield is approximately 8,405,600 liters of wines, annually.

Thus, 95 municipalities, all located in the southern vineyards of the Rhone Valley, can claim the mention “villages”, and 38 of them can even add their name after this mention. The 80 square kilometers of vineyards thus identified are subject to production constraints (yield), encépagement (increase of grenache and balancing of complementary proportions), vinification (alcoholic degree) or delimitation of terroirs. AOC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages, 98% vinified in red, are consequently wines with a very constant quality, elegant on the palate, with finer aromas although more full-bodied, recognized for their character and more pronounced tannins. They also have better aging potential.

The climate of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation is Mediterranean. Cradled by the mistral that cleans it, the vineyards benefit from an exceptional four-stroke climate: two dry seasons, (a brief in winter and a very long one in summer); two rainy seasons, one in autumn (with very heavy rains) and one in spring. Summers are hot and dry, linked to the rise of subtropical anticyclones, interspersed with sometimes violent storms. Winters are mild. Rainfall is infrequent and snow is scarce.

 

A part of important features of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation for red (sweet red) wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay, Clay-limestone, Stones.
  • Taste: Light.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation for rose wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay, Clay-limestone, Stones.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 11 to 12° C

 

A part of important features of Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation for white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay, Clay-limestone, Stones.
  • Taste: Fine.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 3 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 22.12 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Côtes-du-Rhône Villages
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Rousanne, Bouboulenc and Viognier.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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