Côtes du Rhône regional: A reputation for quality
The Côtes du Rhône regional appellation currently comprises 171 communes. Wines are available in red, white and rosé.
These are largely blended wines, and unusually, even white grapes may be used in red blends. The main varietals are Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah for reds, and Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier for whites. Secondary varietals include Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Grenaches Blanc and Gris and Ugni Blanc.
Yields are limited to 51 hl per hectare to promote the production of high-quality wines.
This appellation alone succeeds in showcasing the panoply of different Côtes du Rhône terroirs, and makes up the base of the ‘quality pyramid.’ It can be used as a springboard for wines wanting to rise through the ranks, moving first to Côtes du Rhône Villages, then Cru status.