The Côtes du Rhône is the regional appellation that defines wines produced in the Rhône Valley as early as 1937. Since many local and communal AOCs distinguishing specific terroirs or specificities of production, approved, it gathers in fact the reds, rosés and dry whites (very minority). Côtes du Rhône appellation is produced different wines on 420 square kilometers of vines, scattered on 171 communes and 6 departments (Ardèche , Drôme, Gard, Loire, Rhône and Vaucluse) in southern Rhône of France.

Most of the wines production (more than 220,000,000 liters in average, for all types of the wines, annually) 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.

Many complementary grape varieties (Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Terret, …) can come to answer the local problems of soils and climate. Light, fruity, nervy-attacking reds can be found, as well as tannic and structured wines from the warmest, sunniest vineyards. The rosé wines, 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.

 

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

 

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

Region Highlights

Surface: About 420 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Côtes du Rhône
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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