This is the largest appellation in the northern Rhone, and produces, rich, intense, spicy reds from the Syrah, which can give a taste of Hermitage style, at a far better price. However, there is also a huge variety in terms of quality and style, with wines that sell purely on the name of the area.
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There are many estates in this area, but also a large number of cooperatives.
The softer, alluvial and limestone soils, and the gentler slopes all have an impact on the wines, which , whilst still intense and perfumed, are ready for earlier drinking that Hermitage or Cote Rotie.
The only permitted white grape varieties are the Roussanne and the Marsanne, which , unusually can be vinified, together with the Syrah, to a maximum of 15%, in order to add elegance and perfume to the style of wine.
Style: Spicy, darkly coloured, and packed with forest fruits and a hint of spice – full-bodied and great food wines.
Grapes: Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne.
Good with: Barbecues, stews, and rich braised meat dishes.