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New England Wine & Spirits

October 19, 2019

From 2 – 4 pm

The Wines of the Rhone Valley

The wines of the Rhone are separated between Northern Rhone wines which are made from Syrah and Viognier and the Southern Rhone wines which are predominantly Grenache and Syrah with a plethora of other wine grapes including Mouvedre and cinsault.  The Northern Rhone has a much smaller level of production and during the 1950’s and 1960’s almost disappeared except for the work of several wine writers who praised these wines, especially Hermitage and Cote Rotie.  The Southern Rhone has a much larger population, more trade, and ports on the Mediterranean.  It is one of the largest wine producing areas in France; the best known of the wines are Cotes-du-Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.   The Southern Rhone region produces almost 95% of all Rhone valley wines.  Red wines make up 95% of all Rhone Valley wines.

Remember these prices only run from Saturday October 19  until Friday .Oct. 25


1. Ch. D’Aqueria Tavel Rose                                           $19.99           Sale Price $16.99

Tavel was the first appellation officially recognized in France and is one of the few appellations in France that makes rose exclusively and is primarily Grenache with small amounts of Cinsault, Syrah and Mouvedre.  Chateau d’Aqueria has been making wine for over 400 years and makes only Tavel Rose.


2.  Ch Pegau, Maclura Cotes du Rhone                  $17.99           Sale Price $15.99

Although the majority of this wine comes from vineyards that are Cotes du Rhone Villages, because it

is mixed with a small percentage of Cote du Rhone wines, it must carry the Cote du Rhone appellation.


3.  Domaine Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras                 $22.99           Sale Price $17.99

In 1990, the Cotes du Rhone village of Vacqueyras was allowed to use its name as its appellation because of the consistent quality of its wines.  It was only the second village, after Gigondas, to attain this level.


4.  Famille Perrin Gigondas                                           $37.99           Sale Price $29.99

In 1971, Gigondas became the first Cotes du Rhone village to use its own name as its appellation, midway between Cotes du Rhone Villages and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  The Perrin family is best known for   highly acclaimed Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape.


5.  Domaine Porte Rouge, Chateauneuf-du-Port,     $39.99           Sale Price $29.99

Chateauneuf-du-Pape which surrounds the city of Avignon was the second region to be recognized for its quality by having its own appellation.  The wine may use as many grapes as 13 or as few as 1.


6.  Delas Freres Crozes Hermitage                               $21.99           Sale Price $18.99

Crozes-Hermitage is the region that surrounds the Hermitage Appellation one of the most highly recognized red wines in France.  Being in the Northern Rhone, it is made from Syrah.


7.  Domaine Courbis Cornas                      $42.99             Sale Price $34.99

Cornas, also from the Northern Rhone, is considered the 3rd finest red wine from the Northern Rhone after Hermitage and Cote Rotie.  Despite its high quality the entire appellation is a mere 300

acres.  The appellation is only red wine made entirely from Syrah.