Arc du Rhone CDR Villages
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|Region:||Rhone , France|
|Style:||Medium to Full Bodied|
|Closure Type:||Screw cap|
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The Rhône is home to some of the oldest vineyards in France and is the spiritual home of Mediterranean varieties. Here the climate is influenced by the warm Mediterranean and is renowned for the Mistral winds.
The reds of the Rhône's steep northern slopes rank among the finest examples of terroir-driven varieties such as Syrah. The most presitious of the whites is Condrieu, made on the steep slopes of the village — and these hedonistic wines are best drunk in relative youth.
As one heads south, the hills disperse and the land opens up into a glorious panoramic view of a sea of vines. This is Grenache country. Although many of the wines are based on Grenache blends, they vary hugely in style, depending on region, yield and ageing process. Yes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape still leads the way but there are many satellite regions that offer exceptional value for money. Often Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône show extremely well in relative price terms.
This wine is created from a blend of red grape varieties, the most predominant of which is Grenache.
Since it requires hot, dry growing conditions, this popular grape is widely planted in the San Joaquin Valley in California, as well as Spain (where it is called Garnacha) and the South of France. Grenache is renowned for being soft on the palate, while delivering a spicy, berry-flavoured bouquet and is usually blended with the likes of Syrah and Tempranillo.