This month of January, we are featuring our new wine flight from the southern region of France, Rhône.
The Rhône is a major river situated in France, rising in the Rhône glacier in the Swiss Alps, passing through Lake Geneva, and running down through southeastern France. The southern wine region is known as the Rhône valley. Wines produced in this region are characterized by the particular grapes planted in the Rhone valley. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier and Roussanne are some of the popular Rhône grape varieties. The Rhône wine region comprises of multiple distinct appellations. It is split into two regions, South and North.
In the Northern Rhône, there are eight major appellations: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas, Saint-Péray. Syrah is the only red grape permitted for wines produced in this region. Northern Rhône reds made with Syrah are big, bold, spicy wines with a firm tannic structure. The Northern Rhône whites based are aromatic, full-bodied wines and when aged in oak, they can be creamy.
In the Southern Rhône, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel, Lirac, and the Cotes du Rhone are the important regions in the Rhone Valley. There are a wide variety of red and white blends in this region. Southern Rhône red blends are based mainly on Grenache and have rounded, warm, red fruit flavors. Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a popular white blend noted for its roundness.
Let’s take a look at the three distinct wines offered in our featured wine flight:
RASTEAU, DOMAINE LAVAU ‘16
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
A wine with strong Mediterranean accents, the wine opens with a nose of dry black fruit and hints of dark spice intertwined with smoke. The palate is robust, with flavors of black fruit and
a mouthwatering leathery feel.
CROZES-HERMITAGE, DOMAINE LOMBARD ‘14
The delicate tannic structure of this wine and its aromas of crushed strawberry make it an excellent wine for drinking right away, full of energy and flavor. With time, more powerful aromas such as leather and truffle will appear to further elevate the wine.
CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE LAVAU ‘14
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
The wine is light in color with a soft texture. Complex nose of plums and black cherries with a hint of cocoa and cloves. Full and well-balanced on the palate, showing extreme finesse and remarkable length.
Every month, we feature a new wine flight exploring a new region, so come join us for your next tasting!
“There’s no place like Rhône.”