Arc du Rhone CDR Villages - Waitrose

Arc du Rhone CDR Villages


Vegetarian Vegan Award - IWSC medal: Bronze (2011 Vintage)
Vintage: 2011
Region: Rhone , France
Colour: Red
Style: Medium to Full Bodied
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Screw cap
This wine has elegant berry-fruit aromas backed with a hint of spice, while on the palate, soft supple tannins marry into the cherry-fruit flavours resulting in a wine that is rich and smooth. This is a wine to enjoy with roasted red meats such as venison. Exclusive to Waitrose.

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.