With incredible variations in style between communes, growers and vintages, the Rhône Valley is a magnificently diverse region. The range of current releases and mature vintages demonstrates the true calibre and capability of the Rhône and serves as a timely reminder that whilst many buy Bordeaux on release – with no intention of drinking it for at least 10 years – not enough are doing this for the top wines of the Rhône, and finding mature examples can be tough given the relatively small production of many estates.
The Rhône Valley is divided into the north and the south. The renowned age-worthy Syrah of the Northern Rhône produces iconic wines from Côte Rôtie, St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, St. Péray and the almighty Hermitage. With such a dominance of excellent reds, it is important not to forget the incredible white Viogniers of Condrieu, and the white Marsannes and Rousannes of Hermitage.
Heading to the Grenache-dominated territory of the Southern Rhône, you will find the legendary, powerful and rich wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. With some incredible value to be found in appellations such as Gigondas, Lirac and Côtes du Ventoux, do not be lead to believe that it is simply the most expensive wine showing their true class. This is a plethora of incredible value wines (including some generic Côtes du Rhône) throughout the region, both red and whites, which should not be missed.