Top 100 red wines of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

Discover the top 100 best red wines of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages of Rhône méridional as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the red wines that are popular of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

The wine region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages is located in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône of Rhone Valley of France. Wineries and vineyards like the Domaine Richaud or the Domaine Rotem & Mounir Saouma produce mainly wines red, white and sweet. The most planted grape varieties in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages are Mourvèdre, Viognier and Roussanne, they are then used in wines in blends or as a single variety. On the nose of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages often reveals types of flavors of cherry, anise or orange blossom and sometimes also flavors of almonds, lemon or apricot.

In the mouth of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins. We currently count 499 estates and châteaux in the of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages, producing 877 different wines in conventional, organic and biodynamic agriculture. The wines of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison).

Discover the grape variety: Counoise

Counoise is a black grape variety of Spanish origin. It is widely cultivated in the southern part of France. It is very similar to the aubun, with which it is often confused, and has a white cottony bud. Unlike the aubun, the leaves of this variety do not have teeth in the petiolar sinus. They are thick and large. Its bunches are medium-sized but its berries are large. It is advisable to prune it short so that it is productive. It matures in the second half of the year, but production depends on the vintage. This grape variety appreciates hillside terroirs, which are stony and warm. It fears grey rot without being sensitive to oidium and mildew. Counoise has two approved clones, 508 and 725. The wine obtained from Counoise is not very colourful. It is fine and fruity. Its aromas are diversified with notes of fruit, flowers and spices.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

red wines from the region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, mature and hard cheese or lamb such as recipes of feijoada ( portuguese cassoulet ), tuna-kiri crisps or lamb curl.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

On the nose in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages often reveals types of flavors of cherry, tar or lavender and sometimes also flavors of baking spice, menthol or black plum. In the mouth in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

News from the vineyard of Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

Walls’ hidden gems: Domaine Font de Courtedune, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Establishing a vineyard isn’t something you just rush into these days. Identifying the right site, carrying out soil analysis, selecting suitable rootstocks and varieties, procuring equipment… We’ve made a lot of progress in the past 80 years. But perhaps we overthink such things. Some estates, such as Domaine Font de Courtedune, have grown organically, with major decisions often being made for practical, rather than stylistic, reasons. And the results, from Côtes-du-Rhône to Châteauneuf-du-Pape ...

Colombia for wine lovers

Think of Colombia, think of balmy evenings dancing to salsa, fuelled by shots of aguardiente and arepas. But there’s plenty more than the anise-based spirit and cornmeal cakes to sample in the South American country. Chefs have stepped up their game to put gastronomy on the map, with sommeliers and bartenders following suit. Not just appreciating local ingredients and distilling spirits, they also seek out wines from around the world to accompany fine-dining experiences. Their endeavours have pa ...

Gigondas to produce white wines

At a national committee meeting held on Thursday 8th September, members of the Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO) voted unanimously to ratify the change to the appellation guidelines to allow white wines into AP Gigondas. A working group of growers and négociants has been pursuing the amendment for 11 years. The amendment states that white Gigondas must contain a minimum 70% Clairette. Other permitted varieties include Bourboulenc, Clairette Rose, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blan ...