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...
The 2012 Chateauneuf de Pape from Clos Saint Jean is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% mixed. This is a medium-body wine showing a lovely inviting nose of young red fruit, with hints of strawberries, licorice and good spice on the palate. Really opens up in the glass as it is swirled and shows its...more
Bottle 75cl £28.68
Inky black in colour. Concentrated on the nose, with notes of red and black berry fruit, molasses and cigar box. Wonderfully layered on the palate with incredible concentration of black fruit, some chocolate and herby notes. Dense, juicy and good chewy tannins lead to a lingering taste of blackberries. Delicious.more
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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.