Think “Villages” and a host of personalities, all with different faces, materialises. What diversity! Each wine is home to a village’s soul – the soul of the terroir and the grape-grower, a soul that touches the senses and the mind.Christophe Tassan
In its southern reaches, the Côtes du Rhône Villages wine region spreads across the Rhône’s terraces and alluvial plains, not to mention the slopes of various hills, atop which so many small villages are perched.
For reds, a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, and a maximum of 20% other grape varieties from the Appellation are permitted.
For rosés, a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre; other permitted grape varieties: 20% maximum; white varieties, 20% maximum (Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier). For whites, Grenache blanc, Clairette blanche, Marsanne blanche, Roussanne blanche, Bourboulenc, and Viognier, with a maximum of 20% other white varieties are permitted.
The red wines are “generous” and go well with game, daube provençale, all kinds of stuffed vegetables, and truffle dishes.
These “fine and elegant” wines are recommended as an accompaniment for gourmet salads, offal dishes (veal liver, kidneys, sweetbread), magret de canard, veal, roast pork, navarin of lamb, and for both hard or semi-hard cheeses.
The white wines, with their floral notes, are the ideal accompaniment for hot or cold shellfish, creamy poultry dishes, rabbit gibelotte stew, and a whole range of cheeses including blue cheese and fresh goat’s cheese.
The fruity rosés go together perfectly with crudités, mixed salads, chicken fillets, charcuterie, grilled meats and all exotic dishes.
The decree of the 2nd November 1966, backed up by that of the 25th August 1967, set up the Côtes du Rhône Villages A.O.C., which now covers 90 communes.
These are located in the 4 Departments to the South of the wine growing area: Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse.
Acknowledged for their special characteristics, 18 villages have the right to have their names printed on the AOC label:
4 in the Drôme: Rochegude, Rousset les Vignes, Saint Maurice et Saint Pantaléon les Vignes.
10 in the Vaucluse: Cairanne, Gadagne, Massif d’Uchaux, Plan de Dieu, Puyméras, Roaix, Sablet, Séguret, Valréas and Visan.
4 in the Gard: Chusclan, Laudun, Saint Gervais et Signargues.
View the decrees granting appellation status (INAO)1966Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages
The 95 communes in the appellation are divided between the 4 départements of the south of the region: l’Ardèche, la Drôme, le Gard, and le Vaucluse.
Cradled and cleansed by the mistral, the region benefits above all from an exceptional four-season Mediterranean climate: two dry seasons, (a brief one in winter and a very long one during the summer); two rainy seasons, one in autumn (with abundant rainfall) and one in the spring. Summers, which are seeing an increase in subtropical anticyclones, are warm and dry, and interspersed with occasionally violent stormy periods. The winters are mild. Precipitation is infrequent and snow is rare.
The soils are the same as those in the Côtes du Rhône AOC, although the criteria in terms of soil and climate, are applied more stringently, taking into account the production regulations of the Appellation. Generally, stony argilo-calcareous soils produce dense, “generous” wines which are colourful and full-bodied, meaty and richly aromatic. Dry, stony soils that offer pleasant, elegant, and fine wines with a fruity flavour.
surface area3 380 hectares
Total production116 253 hl
- 96% Red
- 3% White
- 1% rosé
Sales140 471 hectolitres
Average yield achieved34 hl/ha
*Export figures according to the most recent research
Source : Harvest statement 2013
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