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Clos des Lumières - Côtes du Rhône L'éclat 2019 – Sku: 508219 – 10
Clos des Lumières
2019
Côtes-du-Rhône AOP
€6.90
COUP DE COEUR
-11%
Ferrand - Côtes du Rhône Mistral 2021 – Sku: 537821 – 110
Ferrand
2021
Côtes-du-Rhône AOP
Special Price €8.50 Regular Price €9.50
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Domaine du Mont Olivet - IGP du Gard Rive Droite 2020 – Sku: 536820 – 30
Clos du Mont-Olivet
2020
IGP du Gard
€9.90
COUP DE COEUR
90/100 RVF
Domaine du Mont Olivet - IGP du Gard Rive Droite 2019 – Sku: 5368 – 54
Clos du Mont-Olivet
2019
IGP du Gard
€9.90
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Mas des Bressades - Costières de Nîmes Tradition Blanc 2020 – Sku: 5125 – 91
Mas des Bressades
2020
Costières-de-Nîmes PDO
€10.00
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Mas des Bressades - Costières de Nimes Rosé 2020 – Sku: 5088 – 9
Mas des Bressades
2020
Costières-de-Nîmes PDO
€10.00
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Mas des Bressades - Costières de Nîmes Tradition rouge 2019 – Sku: 5085 – 32
Mas des Bressades
2019
Costières-de-Nîmes PDO
€10.00
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Stéphane Ogier - Côtes du Rhône Le Temps est Venu 2020 – Sku: 412120 – 27
Stéphane Ogier
2020
Côtes-du-Rhône AOP
€10.90
Les Bernardins - Muscat Beaumes de Venise 2021 en 37.5cl – Sku: 491121 – 3
Domaine des Bernardins
2021
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise PDO
€11.00
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Fondrèche - Ventoux rouge 2020 – Sku: 4747 – 20
Fondrèche
2020
Ventoux PDO
€11.50
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Fondrèche - Ventoux  Rosé 2020 – Sku: 4753 – 36
Fondrèche
2020
Ventoux PDO
€11.50
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Fondrèche - Ventoux Nature rouge 2020 – Sku: 4750 – 31
Fondrèche
2020
Ventoux PDO
€11.50
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From north to south, discover the wines of the Rhône Valley

On both sides of the Rhône River lies one of the largest vineyards in France, second only to Bordeaux in terms of production volume. The Rhone Valley has nearly 80,000 hectares of vines in 6 departments, producing wines of three colours, natural sweet wines and sparkling wines. This vast region offers a wide variety of crus and appellations. The most prestigious are, on the red side, Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and on the white side, Condrieu and Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

General presentation

The vineyards of the Rhône Valley stretch along the river between Vienne in the north and Avignon in the south. It extends over the departments of the Rhône, the Loire, the Ardèche and the Gard on the right bank, and over the Drôme and the Vaucluse on the left bank. More than 1,300 communes are included in this vast area and produce around 3,000,000 hectolitres of wine per year. Red wine dominates, but the Rhône Valley also produces rosé wine, some white wines, sparkling wine and sweet wine.

France's oldest wine-growing region is particularly extensive and heterogeneous, and is also distinguished by a great diversity of grape varieties. Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan mainly produce red and rosé wines. Viognier, marsanne, roussanne, white grenache, clairette and bourboulenc, among others, produce white wines.

The appellations

The Rhone Valley has many wine appellations, divided along the river into two main groups: the Northern Rhone Valley and the Southern Rhone Valley.

Among the regional appellations, we find the traditional Côtes-du-Rhône, available in red, white and rosé. They are mainly produced in the south of the vineyard. With 171 communes, these wines are relatively heterogeneous. The Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages are more demanding and are produced in about a hundred villages in the Gard, Vaucluse and Drôme.

Each department has several local appellations:

  • In the Rhône: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu
  • In the Loire: Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph
  • In Ardèche: Saint-Joseph, Saint-péray
  • In the Drôme: Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Vinsobres
  • In the Vaucluse: Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Cairanne
  • In the Gard: Tavel, Lirac

The natural sweet wines come in two appellations, produced in the Vaucluse: Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise and Rasteau.

Finally, the following are classified as AOC:

  • In the Drôme: Clairette de Die, Châtillon-en-Diois, Grignan-les-Adhémar (Drôme)
  • In the Vaucluse: Ventoux, Côtes du Luberon
  • In Ardèche and Gard: Côtes-du-Vivarais
  • In the Gard: Clairette de Bellegarde, Costières de Nîmes

The vineyards

From the south of Lyon to Avignon, the Rhône valley offers a wide variety of climates, soils, grape varieties, landscapes and know-how. It is therefore a whole mosaic of appellations and crus that are produced on these lands with very different properties. To better understand it, we divide the valley into two large groups: the Northern Rhône Valley (North) and the Southern Rhône Valley (South).

Northern Rhône Valley

In the north, between Vienne and Valence, the vines are planted on steep hillsides on either side of the river. Here, Syrah is the dominant grape for the red wines. They are often qualitative and are characterised by their depth and finesse. Balanced and aromatic, the white wines are mainly made from marsanne, roussanne and viognier grapes.

12 appellations are produced on 4,700 hectares. The most sought-after crus are: Côte-Rôtie, Château Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

Southern Rhône Valley

The southern part of the Rhône Valley covers more than 70,000 hectares, spread along the river and its convergence zone and its tributaries. From Montélimar to Avignon, the Mediterranean climate is the source of complex terroirs, which imposes blended wines. The three king grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. For the whites, clairette and bourboulenc dominate. Cinsault, carignan, rolle, white grenache... also make up the colourful palette of southern Rhodanian grape varieties.

This vineyard produces 17 appellations, including: Vacqueyras, Ventoux, Tavel (AOC in rosé), Cairanne, Lirac, Duché d'Uzès, Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape...

Appellations

Cornas AOP

Cornas, a powerful wine of the Rhône valley

Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP

Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine: from the papal court to your table

Côtes-du-Rhône AOP

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise PDO

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, natural sweet wines from the Rhône Valley

Costières-de-Nîmes PDO

Costières-de-Nîmes, the most southern of the Rhône wines

Rasteau AOP

Rasteau AOC, a Cru of the Rhône Valley and natural sweet wines

Condrieu PDO

Condrieu, a prestigious white wine AOC of the Rhône Valley

PGI of the Principality of Orange

IGP Vaucluse

Beaumes-de-Venise PDO

Beaumes-de-Venise, a great Rhône wine in the land of muscatel

Saint-Joseph PDO

Saint-Joseph, the flagship appellation of the Northern Rhône Valley

Clairette-de-Die PDO

Crozes-Hermitage PDO

Crozes-Hermitage, an ambassador wine of the Northern Rhône

Hermitage PDO

Hermitage, a prestigious wine from the Northern Rhône Valley

Vacqueyras AOP

Vacqueyras, an intense wine from the Southern Rhône Valley

Saint-Péray PDO

Saint-Péray, an original appellation of the Northern Rhône Valley

Gigondas PDO

Gigondas, a powerful wine from the lower Rhône valley

Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Rasteau AOP

IGP Coll. Rhodaniennes

PGI Côteaux de l'Ardèche

Côtes du Vivarais PDO

Château-Grillet PDO

Ventoux PDO

Cairanne PDO

Côte-Rôtie PDO

Côte-Rôtie: an appellation in the Rhône Valley that makes you dizzy

Lirac PDO

IGP du Gard

Le vignoble

Alain Gallety

The discreet Alain Gallety and his son David Alexandre produce wines of exceptional beauty, rare, from the cuvé Spéciale to the great Cuvée Ligure, including the magnificent Cuvée Emma and the famous and magical Syrare which will make serious "havoc" in tastings of great Côte-Rôtie...

Alain Graillot

"L'un des tout premiers domaines à avoir fait découvrir les vins de crozes-hermitage au-delà de la Drôme, grâce à Alain Graillot, reconverti vigneron dans les années 1980.

Alain Voge

Cornas is really the appellation to follow in the Northern Rhône as its progression is spectacular. Among the numerous quality winegrowers of the appellation, the domain Alain Voge is part of the elite (2 stars RVF from now on), of that of Saint-Péray too, still unknown and yet among the great whites of the region.

Auguste Clape

Beaucastel

"Depuis 1909, Beaucastel est la propriété de la famille Perrin, aujourd'hui sous la direction de Jean-Pierre et François, les fils de Jacques Perrin, accompagnés de Cécile, Marc, Pierre, Thomas, Charles, Mathieu et César, la cinquième génération. Autrement dit : une affaire de famille !

Bernard Burgaud

Bernard Faurie

Bernard Faurie's precious Hermitage on the great terroirs of Greffieux, Bessards and Méal.

Charvin

The vineyard of the Charvin estate is mainly located on clay-limestone soils around Orange, 13 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône appellation and 8 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet, the myth... An estate of 3.5 hectares in monopoly on the eponymous appellation reinforcing the legend of the almost untraceable cru...

Clos des Cazaux

Clos des Lumières

Clos des Papes

"Le Clos des Papes, qui s'appuie malgré son nom sur 23 autres parcelles situées dans pratiquement tous les terroirs (mais avec tout de même sept hectares sur la Crau), est l'une des grandes références de Châteauneuf : on ne trouve pratiquement pas un millésime faible, ici, depuis vingt ans.

Clos du Mont-Olivet

The Clos du Mont Olivet was created in 1932 by Séraphin Sabon, and since its origins the family estate has been producing high quality, classic Châteauneuf du Pape on magnificent terroirs, as well as Côtes du Rhône wines of excellent quality.

Clusel-Roch

Combier

Laurent Combier patiently cultivates some thirty hectares on the clay-limestone plateau with rolled pebbles in Pont d'Isère, in organic farming.

Domaine des Bernardins

The reputation of Muscat à petits grains des Bernardins grows vintage after vintage. With its exceptional ageing capacity, the Muscats de Beaume de Venise des Bernardins is a nectar capable of rivalling the greatest natural sweet wines, and is surprisingly greedy when young.

Tunnel Domain

Stéphane Robert of the Domaine du Tunnel is asserting himself vintage after vintage as the revival of Cornas and Saint-Péray with wines of a modern style, with a fine, suave and very precise mouthfeel.

Ferrand

Discover this exceptional nugget of the Southern Rhône...

Fondrèche

Franck Balthazar

François Villard

« Ce n’est pas parce que le trublion François Villard ne se prend pas au sérieux qu’il ne faut pas considérer son travail avec l’attention que méritent les plus grands. Cet autodidacte aime les vendanges concentrées et tardives, pour aller chercher, non pas la surmaturité, mais la parfaite maturité. En rouge, La Brocarde en Côte-Rôtie et Reflet en Saint-Joseph s’affirment souvent parmi les plus grandes réussites du secteur. Ces derniers millésimes, les blancs ont gagné en précision et en fraîcheur. Nous nous en réjouissons. » 2*/3 RVF Guide

Georges Vernay

"Christine et son mari Paul Amsellem maintenant épaulés par leur fille Emma, maintiennent ce domaine parmi l'élite mondiale, en blanc comme en rouge.

Gramenon

These wines are very popular with wine lovers, extremely tasty, fruity and dense, made mainly from Grenache, using biodynamic methods.

Guillaume Gilles

Henri Bonneau

The legend of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its now mythical vintages...

Jean-Claude Marsanne

The hidden nugget of Mauves with wines (Saint-Joseph and IGP) of exceptional value for money...

Jean-Louis Chave

Jérôme Coursodon

The Anglore

La Bouïssière

Gilles and Thierry Faravel perpetuate with mastery and talent the tradition of the great wines of Gigondas.

La Janasse

The Domaine de la Janasse is among the elite of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Some forty years ago, Aimé Sabon was already fully convinced of the quality of the terroirs of Courthezon and has gradually increased the size of his vineyard to 90 hectares on the most beautiful soils and best exposures of the appellation. About sixty parcels make up the vineyard with very specific terroirs allowing for blends of great class and a rare complexity, giving pride of place to the king grape here, Grenache. This does not prevent the estate from using all of the 13 grape varieties authorised for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation and also from producing high quality Côtes du Rhône.

La Soumade

"André Roméro est la figure de l'appellation Rasteau. Aidé désormais de son fils Frédéric et des conseils de Stéphane Derenoncourt, il produit des vins colorés et complexes, avec des corps denses.

Le Clos du Caillou

The Clos du Caillou estate has the particularity of being an enclave adjacent to the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation area. The vineyard is made up of 44 hectares of Côtes du Rhône and 9 hectares of Châteauneuf du Pape, planted for the most part in 1956. It is composed of the 13 grape varieties authorised for the production of a Châteauneuf du Pape, the Grenache grape variety is the majority for the red wines, followed by Syrah, while the clairette rose, the grenache blanc and the roussanne share the majority of the white grape varieties. The soils here are particularly rich, sandy or pebbly, making it possible to produce wines of exemplary aromatic complexity.

The Old Keep

Le Vieux Donjon is a very popular domain for lovers of traditional, high quality Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at a very reasonable price. This thirteen-hectare estate, on a terroir of rolled pebbles for the most part, is one of the most consistent in the appellation and nothing is by chance, quite the contrary.

Les Bruyères

The Domaine des Bruyères is located in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation on a terroir of detrital pebbles.

The Soulier Brothers

Marc Sorrel

"À leur meilleur, les hermitages du domaine sont l'expression la plus racée et la plus mordante des vins du coteau, mais pas forcément les plus immédiatement harmonieux.

Marcel Richaud

Marcel Richaud is one of those exceptional winemakers who seek quality without compromise. He defines his way of creating his organic wines as follows: a natural approach to winemaking, questioning the use of products or techniques that erase the identity of the vintage or contribute to the production of standard wines. The organic bottles produced at Cairanne by the Marcel Richaud estate are without equal.

Mas des Bressades

Costières de Nîmes with an amazing quality/price/pleasure ratio...

Monteillet - Montez

Stéphane Montez is one of the most dynamic winemakers in the Chavanay area, and in the last few years he has succeeded in becoming a must for wine lovers in the Northern Rhône.

Pierre André

An exceptional heritage of old vines!

Pierre Gonon

"Jean et Pierre Gonon ont succédé à leur père depuis plus de 20 millésimes déjà, et grâce à eux la vision que les consommateurs ont du cru Saint-Joseph a bien changé.

Pierre-Jean Villa

"Pierre-Jean Villa s'est imposé en quelques années comme l'un des vignerons les plus doués de sa génération, créant son domaine à la force du poignet et surtout de la pioche.

Raspail-Ay

Dominique Ay produces on a very beautiful terroir with clay-limestone soils the archetype of a very beautiful Gigondas, full, pulpy, with a tight structure that requires at least 5 to 6 years of cellaring to express itself. Note that this Gigondas Raspail Ay shows a flawless consistency over the vintages, the secret of this success being partly due to the fact that the estate produces only one cuvée, and it is aged in large tuns for at least 24 months. A Gigondas, authentic and racy, unique.

Robert Michel

Romain Le Bars

Santa Duc

Stéphane Ogier

Stéphane Ogier represents the 7th generation of the family established in Ampuis, the cradle of the Côte-Rôtie.

Old Telegraph

The Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, owned by the Brunier family, is one of the most emblematic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Vincent Paris

Cornas is an appellation that is curiously less recognised than its prestigious neighbours Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, yet it has nothing to envy them. You only have to go there to discover the striking landscape of the Cornas hillside, with its steep, terraced Syrah vines. It is easy to understand the quality that some estates can achieve here, given the quality of the terroir and the exposure.

Yves Gangloff

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