COTES DU RHONE, SYNONYMOUS WITH DIVERSITY
The vines of the very vast AOC Cotes du Rhone (more than 40,000 hectares) extends over seven departments on both banks of the river, between Vienne and Avignon.
Climatic conditions and the nature of the soils have influenced the growth of the grape varieties: Marsanne gives the whites their characteristics of dry and nervous wines, while perfume and warmth are provided by Roussanne, although it is a little too quick to oxidize... In addition to the previous varieties, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Grenache, Viognier, Ugni, Piquepoul... are among the many and varied combinations that enable the balance and harmony of the wine to be reached.
A new decree of the appellation was recently adopted in 1996 following a proposal from the winegrowers to claim and strengthen the typical characteristics of the wines of the Cotes du Rhone.
For red wines, Grenache must represent at least 40% of the grape varieties (with the exception of wines produced in the northern part based on Syrah).
For white wines, 80% of the grape varieties must be Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier.
The Cotes-du-Rhone Villages appellation was officially established in 1967 and now covers 95 communities in the Rhone region. Although the same soils are used as for the AOC Cotes-du-Rhone, nevertheless, there are different criteria: wines subject to production (yield), vinification (alcohol titration) or terroir delimitation constraints can be labeled "villages". For the most part, the AOC Cotes-du-Rhône Village are red wines. These are tannic wines that have very good aging potential.
THE FLAGSHIP APPELLATION OF RHONE WINES
This vast vineyard, which is undergoing a complete renewal, has two faces: North and South. It's a real delight. The point in common with all these Cotes-du-Rhone is undoubtedly their balance, which makes them into heady wines without excess. Flavoured and fruity wines.
The Cotes du Rhone rouge primeur is a pleasant little wine that is successful every year-end. The Cotes du Rhone all have a very strong identity. Their quality of expression makes them stand out. The age of their fame and the abundance of their charms make them legendary wines.
Surrender to this unmissable and delicious appellation...
WHAT ARE THE WINE FOOD PAIRINGS WITH COTES DU RHONE?
For the white côtes du rhône, enjoy them with cold meats, fish, shellfish or a cooked pork dish, asparagus or goat cheese...
For guaranteed pleasure, serve at around 8-10°.
Concerning the red Côtes du Rhône, they will go well with grilled or sauced red meat, a Burgundy fondue, a pot au feu ( "pot on the fire" is a French beef stew), lamb, white meat or couscous...
Serving temperature at 15°.
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