Images of Duché d’Uzès

  Eastern part of the appellation, near the town of Uzès   Typical limestone soils   Patrick Chabrier of Domaine Chabrier   Michel Souchon, president of AOC Duché d'Uzès and president of Cave Durfort   Luc Reynaud of Domaine Reynaud   Western part of the appellation, approaching the Cevennes mountains   Nicolas Souchon of Mas des Volques   Nicolas…

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Images of Costières de Nîmes and Clairette de Bellegarde

  Classic Costières de Nîmes galets roulés soils   Cyril Marès of Mas Carlot and Mas de Bressades shows off a big one!   The Abbatiale Saint-Gilles du Gard in the town of Saint-Gilles   Anne and François Collard of Château Mourgues du Grès   Clairette rose from a book by H. Marès (an ancestor of Cyril Marès) written in 1890   Bruno Manzone of Domaine Manzone,…

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2018 Rhône report now available on Decanter Premium

  The 2018 vintage in the Southern Rhône is one in which simple rules of thumb don't apply. The region suffered the worst attack of downy mildew in generations, which decimated some vineyards and made for a very difficult growing season. Often it was organic/biodynamic growers that were hardest hit, and the disease had a cruel predilection for old vines. Great vineyards were overcome just…

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When is a rosé not a rosé?

Among the first five wine appellations ever to be minted in France were two of the finest terroirs of the Rhône: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel. Fast forward 83 years and Châteauneuf is famous the world over; Tavel is in the doldrums. It was once the most famous rosé in France but as tastes for rosé get ever paler, Tavel has found itself left out in the cold. One winemaker has ripped up the rule…

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