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France | Southern Rhône

The Southern Rhône, in contrast to the Northern Rhône, has a more Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot summers. Drought can be a problem in the area, but limited irrigation is permitted to try and combat this problem. The differing terroirs, together with the rugged landscape which partly protects the valleys from the Mistral, produce microclimates which give rise to a wide diversity of wines.

An interesting feature to the cultivation of vines in the Southern Rhône is the use of large pebbles (galets) around the bases of the vines which absorb the heat of the sun during the day. At night due to the cloudless skies there is often a significant drop in temperature, but the heat from the pebbles helps keep the vines warm.

The Southern Rhône's most famous red wine is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a blend containing up to 13 different varieties of wine grapes, both red and white. Other nearby AOC regions including, Coteaux du Tricastin AOC, Côtes du Ventoux AOC, Côtes du Vivarais AOC, Lirac AOC, Tavel AOC and Vacqueyras AOC may contain even more grape varieties in the blend.

Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into Southern Rhône red wines may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. Red wines made on the left bank of the valley tend to be full bodied and rich in tannins while young; whilst the right bank reds are slightly lighter and fruitier.

White wines from the Southern Rhône, such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape whites, are also typically blends of several wine grapes. These may include Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, and Clairette. Viognier is increasingly being used in the Southern Rhône and is appearing as a single varietal white wine.

 

Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2015

£10.75
Domaine de Durban's Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is made from 100% Muscat... Read More...

Domaine André Brunel Est-Ouest Côtes du Rhône 2016

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André Brunel's family first settled in Châteauneuf du Pape in the 18th century... Read More...

Château de Campuget '1753' Syrah Sans Sulfites 2018

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A classy and intense Syrah made without the addition of sulphites... Read More...

Domaine André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Sommelongue 2016

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The Domaine André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Sommelongue is an elegantly crafted Côtes... Read More...

Château de Campuget '1753' Viognier 2018

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The Château de Campuget '1753' Viognier is a beautifully balanced and aromatic wine with... Read More...

Domaine de la Solitude Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2018

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An elegant Côtes du Rhône from one of the region's finest estates... Read More...

Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Villages 2018

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A great value red from the very best vineyard sites of the region... Read More...

Maison Tardieu-Laurent Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc Guy Louis 2016

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The Maison Tardieu-Laurent Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc Guy Louis is a blend of Grenache (35%), Clairette (25%), Marsanne... Read More...

Maison Tardieu-Laurent Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Guy Louis 2017

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The Maison Tardieu-Laurent Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Guy Louis is named after Michel’s father and... Read More...

Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau 2017

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The Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau is a highly concentrated wine, made from vines... Read More...

Rotem & Mounir Saouma Côtes du Rhône Villages Inopia Rouge 2015

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The Saouma’s purchased a desolate plot of land in Orange in 2011. A... Read More...

Rotem & Mounir Saouma Côtes du Rhône Villages Inopia Blanc

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The Saouma’s purchased a desolate plot of land in Orange in 2011. A... Read More...

Ferraton Père et Fils Gigondas Les Murailles 2017

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The Ferraton Père & Fils Gigondas Les Murailles is a souther Rhône red... Read More...

Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Blanc 2016

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Located within the Côtes du Rhône appellation and adjoining the vines of Château... Read More...

Château Beauchêne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve 2016

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The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve from Château Beauchêne is a red wine blend of... Read More...
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Famille Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017

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The Famille Perrin Les Sinards is the other Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the family! For... Read More...

Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2012

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The Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge is often considered the baby Beaucastel. The... Read More...

Télégramme Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

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A delicious fruit driven 2nd label of Vieux Télégraphe which drinks well in its youth... Read More...

Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

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Domaine de Beaurenard’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape flagship wine is a quintessential blend, reflecting all the... Read More...

Ferraton Père et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Parvis 2016

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The Ferraton Père et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Parvis is a Grenache dominated red... Read More...

Domaine André Brunel Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape 2015

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Concentrated, velvety and harmonious with a wonderful long and savoury finish... Read More...

Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2016

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The Domaine de Beurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape is characterised by the diversity of its soils,... Read More...

Domaine Gourt de Mautens IGP Vaucluse Rouge 2011

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Organic and Biodynamic IGP Vaucluse Red of the very highest order... Read More...

Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

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Intensely concentrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape from one of the regions most renowned estates... Read More...

Rotem & Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia 2013

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This is a wine that needs to be tasted to be believed... Read More...