This page is a guide that offers links to detailed profiles for all the top producers from the Northern Rhone located in Cote Rotie and Hermitage with wine tasting notes, reviews, ratings, images and links to buy wine.
Cote Rotie is perhaps one of the most, elegant, aromatic and seductive wines in the world. At their best, the wines of Cote Rotie offer depth of flavors and complex aromatics including bacon fat, black and red fruits, kirsch, mineral, pepper, earth, spice and floral scents. The best Cote Rotie wines provide ample freshness in the finish, coupled with pure red and sometimes darker berries coupled with opulent textures.
The wines of Cote Rotie are most often medium to full bodied with sensuous, silky textures that caress the palate with exotic sensations. Due to the small size of the Cote Rotie appellation, coupled with high demand, the prices for most Cote Rotie wines are high, but they can be worth it. The links on the left side of the page bring you to full profiles of the best domaine’s and producers in Cote Rotie. The profiles include wine tasting notes, history, images, information on wine making and terroir. The terroir of Cote Rotie is quite unique. The most famous vineyards of Cote Rotie are located on two hills, known collectively as Cote Blonde and Cote Brune.
But the truth is, Cote Rotie consists of a series of small slopes and hills located not far from Ampuis. Cote Rotie is unique due in part to the fact that many producers add various amounts of Viognier, a white wine grape to their red wine as part of the blend. Viognier is best known as the white grape varietal grown in the Condrieu appellation. The links on this page will bring you to full, detailed profiles with wine tasting notes, histories, information on the wine making and terroir of the following Cote Rotie Producers.
Hermitage, located just south of Cote Rotie is a small appellation. The total size of Hermitage is about 130 hectares of vines. Think about this… Chateau Lafite Rothschild is 100 hectares. Cote Rote is massive in comparison with a whopping 201 planted hectares! Hermitage is located about 30 miles south of Cote Rotie, not far from the village of Tain l’Hermitage. Many of the best Hermitage producers also make wine from nearby Northern Rhone appellations such as; Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, St. Joseph and St. Peray.
The production of those other appellations dwarfs that of Hermitage. The famous “Hill of Hermitage,” which covers 140 hectares with its steep, rocky, granite, hillsides was granted protected status from the French Government. Hermitage has been used The wine of has a history of being blended with Bordeaux and Burgundy at times in the past, to add body, color and tannin in select vintages.
This discreet practice which was not always openly talked about is no longer allowed. Hermitage is famous for not only their red wines, but for their white wines, which are made from Roussanne and Marsanne grape varieties. A tiny amount of sweet, white Hermitage wine is also produced and sold as Vin de Paille. The links below will bring you to full, detailed profiles on the top domaines in Hermitage where you can red wine tasting notes, information on the history, wine making techniques, terroir and soils of the following estates.