Have you tasted Côtes du Rhône wine lately? This past week, I attended an Inter Rhône master class about Côtes du Rhône Villages hosted by Vinya’s Allegra Eveangelo at Amara at Paraiso.
The Rhône Valley was created during the last ice age as the Rhône Glacier carved its way south through France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and travels 505 miles down into the Mediterranean Sea. Vineyards are located on both sides of the river between Vienne and Avignon, just south of Lyon. The Northern and Southern Rhône are unique, with very different geography, climate, soils, and grape varieties. Their commonality is the Rhône River.
Côtes du Rhône Villages Wines
We tasted eight different wines from around the Côtes du Rhône Villages (there’s 22 in total) and noted the vast complexities and differences between them. They were all delicious, but I’ve starred my favorites below.
⭐ Clos Bellane Blanc Valréas 2019 (@closbellane)
⭐ Château La Nerthe Les Cassagne Red 2020 (@chateaulanerthe)
• Château du Pegau Cuvée Setier 2020
• Cellier des Princes La Chasse des Princes Vacqueyras 2019 (@cellierdesprinces)
• Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Intense 2019 (@cellierdesdauphins)
• Rhonéa Notre dame des Vignes Visan 2020 (@rhoneaofficiel)
⭐ Rhonéa Terroir Daronton Roaix 2020
⭐ Maison Sinnae Eléments Sol Red Chusclan 2019
In addition to the formal tasting, we ended the event with a glass of Domaine de Mourchon Loubié Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Seguret Rosé 2020—perfect for our Miami weather.