Wines. Lecture 7. France. Rhone

Wines. Lecture 7. France. Rhone - Wines: France Rhone What...

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Wines: France – Rhone What are the classifications of Rhone wines? - same AOC French regulation as other sites in France - Cotes du Rhone-villages = villages that represent a level between the regional and the village appellation What are the major grape varieties grown in the northern and southern Rhone? Northern Rhone - Red: Syrah (single varietal) - White: Viognier (single varietal), Roussanne, Marsanne Southern Rhone: - Whites are blends of Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Clairette - Reds are blends of Grenache (most dominant; yields wines high in alcohol and low in tannin), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut How do the wines of the Northern Rhone differ from those of the Southern Rhone? Northern - single varietals (Syrah and Viognier) - continental climate with harsh winters but warm summers = permits chapatlization - taste of wine reflects vineyards (dry, concentrated, tough, gritty) - Syrah ages nicely for 10-20 years depending on producer and vintage - Cote-Rotie, Hermitage = Syrah
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