Cotes du Rhone Introduction
This is the region of France’s most user-friendly wines, and, with Bordeaux, an important source of appellation contrôlée wine. Côtes du Rhône is south-east France’s warmer, richer, spicier answer to the dry austerity of AC Bordeaux. Perhaps it is the alcohol that makes these southern Rhône reds so easy to appreciate. Perhaps it is the openly fruity character of the Grenache grape, which dominates here, concentrated by the relatively low yields forced upon it by the stony soils and low rainfall.
Côtes du Rhône, France