Côtes du Rhône Villages

Côtes du Rhône Villages bottle

The Côtes du Rhône Villages represents the level between the regional appellation and the village appellation. Comprising seventy-two communities, this region became an appellation in 1967.

As an AOC, the wines of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages must conform to certain rules outlined by the INAO, or the Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité. These include requiring that the main varietal, Grenache, be blended with Cinsault, Syrah or Mourvedre. The minimum alcohol content must be higher while the maximum grape yield allowed is smaller than the regional Côtes du Rhône.

The soils here vary from red clay with rocks, sandstone covered in gravel, to lumpy sand. The wines produced under this appellation are fruity with complex flavors of blackberry and spice.

December 31, 2016 | Wine Advocate
Even better, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages is an outstanding Southern Rhône that has loads of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits, medium-bodied richness and a peppery, spicy style on the palate that makes it a joy to drink. It’s a terrific value to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 2-3 years.
  • Winemaking

    The grapes are sorted and destemmed. Traditional vinification.

  • Nose

    Expressive red fruits like blackcurrant and plum.

  • Palate

    Complexe and well balanced wine, expressing notes of spices and liquorice with smooth tanins.

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