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Rhône Valley Wines

Much larger in scale than Burgundy is the Rhône Valley wine region. From the alcoholic and powerful highs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, through the dense elegance of the Syrah wines of appellations like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, this is predominantly red wine country. Rich and generous, these wines appeal to wine drinkers used to California reds. And, just like Bordeaux, there is also great value to be found in this region: wines labelled Côtes du Rhône. If they have a village name attached (Rasteau and Seguret are among the best), they will be that much better even if more expensive. Search our Rhône Valley wine guide’s hundreds of Rhône Valley wine reviews for more details on individual wines and for our comprehensive database of Rhône Valley wine ratings.

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86
points

Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 2003 Cuvée de Mon Aïeul Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  1. $79

Using Aïeul, an old word for grandfather, Thierry and Jean-Pierre Usseglio pay homage to grandpa Pierre. They have made a ripe and juicy wine, with red fruits, some touch of wood and a light hint of dry tannins to finish. Imported by Wines of France.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2005)
86
points

Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 2003 Cuvée Tradition Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  1. $39

A traditional style of wine whose relatively light color shows the influence of 75% Grenache and classic vinification. But of its kind, this is a fine wine, with spice, red fruits and juicy flavors. Imported by Wines of France.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2005)
86
points

Perrin & Fils 2004 Reserve White (Côtes du Rhône)

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  1. $11

Built on a base of 50% Grenache Blanc, this medium-bodied white adds garnishes of four other varieties to create a mélange of tropical fruit flavors including mango and pineapple. Picks up a hint of buttery richness on the finish. Imported by Vineyard Brands.

 — J.C.  (11/15/2005)
86
points

Brotte 2003 Domaine Bouvencourt Red (Vacqueyras)

  1. $25

A nice, easy-drinking Côtes-du-Rhône, with dark plum and blackberry aromas and flavors and hints of smoke and anise. It's neither too big nor too light--if Goldilocks were a wine-drinker, she'd say the weight on the palate is just right.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2005)
86
points

Delas Frères 2003 La Galopine Viognier (Condrieu)

  1. $50

A ripe, soft wine, which has a pleasant touch of spicy wood. It is fat and full-bodied, with flavors of apricots and honey. Perhaps not as focused as Condrieu from a cooler vintage than 2003, it is likely to develop over 4-5 years.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2005)
86
points

Domaine Belle 2003 Marsanne (Crozes-Hermitage)

  1. $30

A full, but attractive wine, with flavors of almonds, peaches and soft white fruits. It is quite fat, and lacks acidity, an effect of the hot 2003 vintage, giving a southern, herbal feel. It would work well with fish or strong cheeses.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2005)
86
points

Cave de Tain 2002 White (Saint-Péray)

  1. $13

The southernmost appellation in the northern Rhône produces a light, fresh style of white wine which can also comes in a sparkling version. This wine, from Tain cooperative, is typically light and fresh with a touch of almonds and green fruits. Great with fish dishes.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2005)
86
points

Cave de Tain 2001 Les Hauts du Fief Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

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  1. $11

A fresh, lightly tannic wine, with acidity, flavors of red fruits. The dry tannins are ripe and easy, with good wood flavors. It is approachable, without great complexity - a great example of this inexpensive appellation.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2005)
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