Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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2019 Miraval Rosé, Côtes de Provence
Rosé
2019
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Medium Bodied
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13.0% Alcohol
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Reservee Rouge, Domaine du Pegau, Rhône
Red
2016
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14.0% Alcohol
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£80.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2018 Gigondas, Hominis Fides, Chateau de Saint Cosme, Rhône
Red
2018
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15.0% Alcohol
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£80.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2018 Gigondas, Le Poste, Château de Saint Cosme, Rhône
Red
2018
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13.0% Alcohol
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£95.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2014 Gigondas, Hominis Fides, Chateau de Saint Cosme, Rhône
Red
2014
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15.0% Alcohol
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£154.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2016 Gigondas La Colline Domaine des Bosquets
Red
2016
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13.0% Alcohol
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£219.48 – bottle (75cl)
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2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône
Red
2013
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14.5% Alcohol
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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Da Capo, Rouge, Domaine du Pegau, Rhône
Red
2016
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£310.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2011 Châteauneuf du Pape, Réserve des Célestins, Domaine Henri Bonneau
Red
2011
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15.0% Alcohol
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£2,901.42 – imperial (600cl)
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2017 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Red
2017
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14.5% Alcohol
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£605.35 – magnum (150cl)
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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve des Celestins, Domaine Henri Bonneau
Red
2012
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15.0% Alcohol
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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de Marcoux
Red
2015
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15.5% Alcohol
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2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Janasse
Red
2009
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15.5% Alcohol
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