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Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC

Description to Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC

Large-scale appellation in the south of the French wine-growing region Rhône. The vineyards cover 7,900 hectares of vines in 95 communes of the four departments of Ardèche (4 communes), Drôme (17), Gard (33) and Vaucluse (41). The wines marketed under this designation are mainly red, but also rosé and white wines. Compared to the regional appellation Côtes du Rhône (which also includes parts of the northern section) there are much stricter regulations. These are, for example, a maximum yield of 45 hl/ha, a minimum of 12% vol. alcohol content and precise regulations regarding the authorised grape varieties. In the case of Côtes du Rhône-Villages with indication of the municipality, there are even stricter regulations such as a maximum yield of 42 hl/ha.

Rhône - Landkarte mit allen Appellationen

A total of 21 names of municipalities may also appear on the label. These are Chusclan, Gadagne, Laudun, Massif d'Uchaux, Plan de Dieu, Puyméras, Roaix, Rochegude, Rousset-les-Vignes, Sablet, Saint-Andéol, Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Saint-Gervais, Saint-Maurice-sur-Eygues, Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, Séguret, Signargues, Suze-la-Rousse, Vaison-la-Romaine, Valréas and Visan The commune of Brézème enjoys a special status, being entitled to use the AOC Brézème-Côtes du Rhône. The five communes of Beaumes-de-Venise, Cairanne, Rasteau, Vacqueyras and Vinsobres used to be included, but were classified as independent appellations.

The red wine is produced from at least 50% Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta), at least 20% Mourvèdre(Monastrell) and/or Syrah, and a maximum of 20% of other red varieties authorised for Côtes du Rhône. For rosé, up to 20% of the authorised white varieties may be used. The white wine is blended from at least 80% Grenache Blanc(Garnacha Blanca), Clairette Blanche, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier, and a maximum of 20% of other white varieties authorised for Côtes du Rhône.

Well-known producers of the large area are Domaine Alary, Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique, Domaine Brusset, Domaine de Cabasse, Domaine le Clos des Cazaux, Domaine du Coriancon, Domaine de la Costechaude, Domaine de Cristia, Domaine Delubac, Domaine de Deurre, Domaine Durban, Dom. de la Fuzière, Château la Gardine, Domaine de la Grangeneuve, Florimond Lambert, Domaine du Lindas, Domaine Pélaquié, Domaine de Piaugier, Château Redortier, Domaine Richaud, Domaine St-Anne and Château Signac

Graphics: From DalGobboM in the Wikipedia in French - Eig. Werk, GFDL, Link

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