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Rhone Valley

France’s Rhone Valley has two climates. The Northern Rhone’s steeper river-side slopes are up near chilly Burgundy. Here Syrah is the lone red grape and ripens slowly into its supreme expression in classics like Hermitage: intense but lighter-bodied, spicy and ethereal. Flowing south the landscape flattens out, opening to the baking Mediterranean. Down here Syrah revealed fuller, meatier aspects but ended up playing second fiddle (with Mourvèdre et al) to the even more sun-loving grape, Grenache. The softness and body of Grenache fills and sweetens most Southern Rhone blends, from basic Cotes du Rhone (mostly Southern) to village classics like Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Rosés like Tavel. Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne remain at home in the North but can mix with grapes like Grenache Blanc and Clairette in the Southern Rhone's blanc wines.  

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  1. 2017 La Bastide Saint Dominique Ventoux

    2017 La Bastide Saint Dominique Ventoux

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A ripe and juicy red from the undervalued Rhone region of Ventoux. Sunny but elevated sites around Provence's famous Ventoux mountain produced this "seriously good juice", which being 100% ...
    $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Domaine de Pennautier Viognier

    2016 Domaine de Pennautier Viognier

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A delicious Viognier from the tenth generation of vignerons at this historic domaine. Lovely characters of ripe stone fruit and florals with a weighty but fresh palate: a classic French Viognier ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Xavier Vins Cotes du Rhone Rouge

    2016 Xavier Vins Cotes du Rhone Rouge

    91 Points John Caro
    Expert value in Cotes du Rhone red. Xavier Vignon is the dream machine for the modern consumer: un-burdened by his own vineyards, he focusses on sourcing the very best fruit for each of his ...
    $22.99 in mixed 6+ or $25.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Clos St Antonin Cotes du Rhone

    2016 Clos St Antonin Cotes du Rhone

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A lush and smooth Cotes du Rhone, in a new label from the famous Sabon family. Thanks to hot, sunny days and cool nights 2016 saw rich fruit balanced by fresh acidity and fine tannins. So this ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  5. 2017 Domaine Janasse Cotes du Rhone

    2017 Domaine Janasse Cotes du Rhone

    John’s Picks
    91 Points John Caro
    Silky and juicy, this is superb quality in a style you can drink right now. Succulent red and black fruits are nuanced with Provencal herbs and wrapped around a balanced, medium-full body. A ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  6. 2017 Domaine Soumade Cotes du Rhone

    2017 Domaine Soumade Cotes du Rhone

    91 Points John Caro
    Amazing Cotes du Rhone that puts many expensive village wines to shame -- and 2016 was another great year! Absolutely brimming with vibrant dark and red fruits, it'd be tempting to mis-use the ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  7. 2016 Xavier Vins Lirac

    2016 Xavier Vins Lirac

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    An exciting new Rhone red from the extraordinary Xavier Vignon. Vignon is a leading wine consultant in the Rhone, and this label represents his own take on a classic (though underpriced) Rhone ...
    $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $31.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Domaine Soumade Rasteau

    2016 Domaine Soumade Rasteau

    91 Points John Caro
    From another great vintage, this is bursting with rich dark fruit, spice and florals. Soumade are experts in their hometown of Rasteau, where the fruit ripens into expressive wines that ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  9. 2017 Soumade Rasteau Prestige

    2017 Soumade Rasteau Prestige

    91 Points Decanter
    A refined yet powerful Rasteau from hometown experts, Soumade. The Prestige is grown on the fringes of the Ventabren alpine terrace, which adds limestone content to the famous yellow and blue ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  10. 2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Almost literally a monster of a wine, this new label from Xavier Vins is deep and dark and named after the devil. A rare thing from the Rhone, this is 100% Mourvedre from a wonderfully hot year ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle

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