Northern Rhone Valley

Definitely smaller than the vineyard of the Southern Rhone Valley with 71,000 hectares, the vineyard of the Rhone Valley ranges from Vienna (south of Lyon) to Valence, on 4,700 hectares. There are eight major local and even communal appellations, including the fabulous Côte-Rotie in the north and the mighty Hermitage in the center. To the...
Definitely smaller than the vineyard of the Southern Rhone Valley with 71,000 hectares, the vineyard of the Rhone Valley ranges from Vienna (south of Lyon) to Valence, on 4,700 hectares. There are eight major local and even communal appellations, including the fabulous Côte-Rotie in the north and the mighty Hermitage in the center. To the south of Vienna, when you take the A7 motorway, you can not escape the incredible spectacle represented by the steep hills on which were erected terraces held by low walls called Chalais. The terroir, of the granitic type, and the Mediterranean climate, temperate, are ideal for the production of great red wines and the implantation of the Syrah grape variety, which is almost unique in the composition of the great wines of the northern Rhone Valley. This brings power and structure to the red wines, which evolve towards notes peppery and spicy, as well as animal notes, leather. He is associated with up to 10%, Marsanne and Roussanne in the vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. Beautiful appellations of white wines are also produced, but it is more the rarity than the extreme quality that makes Condrieu and Château-Grillet wines as expensive. These wines are no less excellent. Elaborated from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes, the white wines of the Northern Rhone Valley have an undeniable typicity, characterized by their citrus notes and a beautiful freshness. Vivid, they are sometimes endowed with a fat according to the winemaking chosen, and they evolve towards notes of dried fruits after 2-3 years of ageing. To drink relatively young anyway! The local appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley: Côte Rôtie: with an area of ​​235 hectares, the vineyard is divided into two distinct regions. The Côte Brune, to the north, gives very well-structured wines and the Côte Blonde which gives finer wines. Syrah is associated here with viognier grapes in a limit of 80% / 20%. Château-Grillet: with an area of ​​4 hectares, belonging to the same estate, this monopoly represents the smallest appellation in France. Included in the Condrieu PDO. Condrieu: with an area of ​​130 hectares, the vineyard produces only white wines from the unique Viognier grape variety. Often harvested late, the grapes concentrate aromas of flowers and yellow or candied fruits. Saint-Joseph: With an area of ​​1,100 hectares, the vineyard is dedicated to 90% of the production of fine but relatively powerful red wines. These are wines of guard. The whites are fresh and charming. Hermitage: an area of ​​135 hectares, located on the left bank of the Rhône, the vineyard is an enclave of the appellation Crozes-Hermitage. Powerful, long-lasting red wines, and original and balanced whites. Crozes-Hermitage: with an area of ​​1,400 hectares, the vineyard is the most important production of the Northern Rhone Valley, turned 90% to structured red wines with spice and leather notes. Cornas: an area of ​​110 hectares, the vineyard is completely planted in Syrah. The wines are powerful and robust, with a dark color: they are complex and evolve from notes of red fruit to notes of liquorice and compote fruit. Saint-Péray: an area of ​​70 hectares, the vineyard is totally devoted to the production of floral white wines with notes of honey and toast.
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