Appellations

The Côtes du Rhône Appellation

The Côtes du Rhône appellation (AOC) is constructed around a four-level hierarchy of quality reflecting the fact that certain sub-regions within the Rhône produce better quality grapes, and thus wine.

The first level / generic wines are labelled AOC Côtes du Rhône. Whilst diverse in flavour, Côtes du Rhônes are typically fruity and easy drinking and generally best appreciated within two to four years of their vintage date.

As you climb the AOC levels, up to the top level wines which are known as the “crus”, the wines become more concentrated, complex and age-worthy.

As you climb the AOC levels, up to the top level wines which are known as the “crus”, the wines become more concentrated, complex and age-worthy.

Note: the word “cru” is not normally mentioned on Rhône wine labels. A cru wine is labelled “AOC” (or “AOP”) followed by the name of the cru. For example “AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape” and “AOC Vacqueyras”.

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e.g. AOC Gigondas, AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, AOC Rasteau, AOC Côte Rôtie, etc…
e.g. AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix, etc…

Cru Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A document dating from 1094 testifies to the history of the village under the name of “Castro novo”, which means the “new fortified village”…

Cru Gigondas

The commune of Gigondas “Les Dentelles de Montmirail”, located in Provence, stretches 8 km from North to South, from Romane to…

Cru Vacqueyras

The vineyard of Vacqueyras is located on the southern border the cru of Gigondas and covers 1390 hectares of land which extends over the communes of Vacqueyras and…

Cru Rasteau

Rasteau is a classic Provencal village perched 200 meters on a hill between plains and forests. Its houses are spread out at the foot…

Cru Cairanne

Cairanne is located on a small hill in the Haut-Vaucluse, between Orange, Bollène and Vaison la Romaine. In turn, property of the Order of…

Cru Lirac

Lirac is the southernmost cru in the Rhône Valley and probably the least well-known. It grows in tranquil isolation…

Cru Tavel

Tavel wines are only available in rosé. The AOC is therefore the only appellation in the Rhône valley to produce nothing but rosé wine…

Cru Beaumes de Venise

The vineyards are located on the east and south-east slopes at the foot of the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail. While the name “de Venise”…

Cru Vinsobres

“Vinsobres or sober wine, drink it soberly”: this was the motto of Monseigneur de Suarès (bishop of Vaison and a staunch fan of these wines) in…

Crus Northern Rhône

No gentle slopes here: on the right-bank of the Rhône, Côte-Rôtie wines draw their character from the extremely steep hillsides that sometimes…

Côtes du Rhône Villages (Named)

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