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, seductive wines in the world. At their best, they offer depth of flavors and complex aromatics including bacon fat, black and red fruits, kirsch, mineral, epper, earth, spice and floral scents. The best Cote Rotie wines offer freshness in the finish, coupled with pure red and sometimes darker berries.
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 domaines and producers in Cote Rotie. The profiles include wine tasting notes, history, images, information on wine making and terroir. 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 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. While the appellation of Hermitage is small, many of the best producers also make wine from nearby appellations, such as; Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas and St. Joseph. The production of those appellations dwarfs that of Hermitage. The famous “Hill of Hermitage,” which covers 140 hectares was granted protected status from the French Government. 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 and terroir of the following estates.