Top 100 red wines of Côtes-du-Rhône

Discover the top 100 best red wines of Côtes-du-Rhône 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 and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Côtes-du-Rhône

The wine region of Côtes-du-Rhône is located in the region of Rhône méridional of Rhone Valley of France. Wineries and vineyards like the Château de Beaucastel or the Chateau de Fonsalette produce mainly wines red, white and pink. The most planted grape varieties in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône are Mourvèdre, Viognier and Marsanne, they are then used in wines in blends or as a single variety. On the nose of Côtes-du-Rhône often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, red plum or sour cherry and sometimes also flavors of truffle, juniper or clove.

In the mouth of Côtes-du-Rhône is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins. We currently count 1765 estates and châteaux in the of Côtes-du-Rhône, producing 4241 different wines in conventional, organic and biodynamic agriculture. The wines of Côtes-du-Rhône go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or mature and hard cheese.

Discover the grape variety: Viognier

White Viognier is a grape variety that originated in France (Rhone Valley). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and grapes of small size. White Viognier can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Savoie & Bugey, Provence & Corsica, Loire Valley, Beaujolais.

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

red wines from the region of Côtes-du-Rhône go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of ramen burger, tanjia (lamb shoulder confit) or duck baeckeoffe with christmas spices and dried fruits.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Côtes-du-Rhône

On the nose in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône often reveals types of flavors of iron, bramble or dried fruit and sometimes also flavors of floral, mulberry or slate. In the mouth in the region of Côtes-du-Rhône is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

News from the vineyard of Côtes-du-Rhône

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 ...

Walls: top northern Rhône reds under £30

In preparation for this column I tasted 46 reds in total, and – taking both quality and value into account – I can recommend 33 of them. Overall, the reds were less consistent than the whites, and although the lows were lower, the highs were higher. This tasting confirmed that it’s still possible to buy genuinely excellent northern Rhône reds for under £30 in the UK. That being said, it’s virtually impossible to find any Cornas, Côte-Rôtie or Hermitage for under £30 a bottle these days, but ther ...

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 ...

Top wines in regions and sub-regions of Côtes-du-Rhône