Côtes Du Rhône Wine

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This Denomination of Origin Côtes-du-Rhône is mostly along the Rhone in the south. The soils are stony, clay and calcareous clay.

The extension of the vineyards covering 40,000 hectares. Red and rosé wines are made from Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignane, Counoise and Mourvèdre grapes varieties. A maximum of 20% white varieties may be used in the rosés. All reds grown south of Montélimar must contain a minimum of 40% Grenache, and may contain up to 5% white grapes.

A red from anywhere in the Côtes-du-Rhône must contain a minimum of 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre. The whites must contain a minimum blend of 80% Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier. Ugni blanc and Picpoul blanc may be used as secondary varieties. The best years are from 2003 and 2000.

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