The Rhone Valley stretches almost 500 miles from North to South and is home to some of France's oldest vine plantings that were first cultivated in Roman Times. The region is split into Northern and Southern Rhone, both of which are very contrasting regions. From the North, the appellations of Hermitage and Cote Rotie produce some of the most famous and rare wines from Syrah, harvested from the very steep slopes carved into the hillsides. It is also here that the world's best Viognier is produced from the Condrieu appellation.
Heading to the warmer South and a sizeable 13 grape...
This cuvée¿s primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, whereas the old-vine source in the Côte Blonde, more acidic and sandy, provides wine of less dense colour. Pure Syrah (Michel adds no Viognier) grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines gives this wine power...more
Bottle 75cl £77.68
The Cuvée Félix is produced from 90 year old vines and vinified using no new oak. Blackberries, chocolate and coffee aromas. Layers of pure black fruits and spice with a smoky touch. Dark, brooding and enveloping. Textured and rich with smooth silky tannins and an incredibly long finish. A really impressive Chateauneuf from the very talented Jean-Paul Versino.more
Bottle 75cl £39.68
Bottle 75cl £41.15
When compared to the wines offered from France's other leading winemaking areas, the wines of the Rhone Valley are comparatively cheap. As well as offering plenty of diversity from North to South, the area therefore produces some of the best value wines in the world. This, coupled with an incredible run of excellent vintages over the past 10 years, makes the Rhone Valley one of the most exciting and attractive wine producing regions in the world.