Rhône

The valley of the Rhône from Lyon to the Mediterranean offers much in the way of striking scenery, from the vertiginous slopes of Côte Rôtie, via the dramatic cliffs of Saint-Peray, to the Provençale palette of the Côtes du Rhône, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux.

This diverse region that presents such a feast for the eyes has become one of the world’s most exciting fine wine-producing areas. A new generation of passionate young grower-winemakers has begun producing wines under their own labels once contracts with the négociants expired. Their enthusiasm and attention to detail have tremendously boosted the quality and distinctiveness of the wines, which are amazingly well priced for the quality they offer.

Within the region, there are two distinct areas that make quite different styles of wine. Deeply-coloured reds made from Syrah, rich whites based on Marsanne and Roussanne, and (in Condrieu only) intensely-perfumed whites from Viognier come from between Lyon and Valence. South of Montélimar, Grenache dominates the paler but velvety red wines, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and others forming a supporting cast.

Whites also tend to be blends, based on Grenache Blanc. Because of the geographical separation of these two areas and the different grapes grown, the character of a given vintage will vary considerably between the two.

10 Item(s)

  1. Côtes du Rhône Blanc Quatre Cepages, Laudun Chusclan

    Light gold colour, expressive nose of stone fruit and floral notes. Learn More

    £9.95
  2. Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun Blanc, Laudun Chusclan

    Nose characterised by a bouquet of white fruits (pear) and white flowers (acacia and citrus). Delicate freshness and minerality on the palate Learn More

    £11.95
  3. Domaine de la Janasse, Viognier VDP

    A fresh yet muscular Viognier with all the delicious weight of a classic Southern-Rhone white. Fresh stone-fruit flavours and a lovely honeyed finish.

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    £16.95
  4. Domaine Yves Cuilleron, Condrieu Les Chaillets, Vieilles Vignes

    Rich and full with great acidity giving the wine exceptional balance. Learn More

    £59.50
  5. Cairanne Les Travers Blanc, Domaine Brusset

    Initially round and fruity, with a rich and meaty finish. Learn More

    £16.95
  6. Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Domaine Chante Cigale

    Lovely peachy aromas on the nose leading to a full and ripe citrusy white wine. Learn More

    £29.50
  7. Domaine Cuilleron, Condrieu La Petit Côte

    Juicy, light and fresh; a wine of modest size and depth, but one with good minerality. Learn More

    £45.00
  8. Domaine Yves Cuilleron Viognier Les Vignes d’a Côte

    For less than half the cost of good Condrieu you get textbook Viognier here - apricot, peach and floral notes on the nose, a creamy concentrated palate with a discreet lick of oak - a model of richness and restraint. Learn More

    £21.50
  9. Domaine de la Janasse, Côtes du Rhône Blanc

    Excellent concentration on the palate with vibrant acidity. Bone dry with real power. Learn More

    £16.50