Images of the Diois

There are four appellations in the Diois: Clairette de Die (which equates to around 95% of all AOC wine), Crémant de Die, Coteaux de Die and Châtillon-de-Diois.   AOC Châtillon-en-Diois, in the far east of the region, makes still whites, reds and rosés from Burgundian varieties (and some Syrah).   Olivier Rey, president of co-operative Jaillance, which makes over 70% of AOC Clairette…

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Images of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape viewed from the east   Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with the ruined château in the background   The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape - smaller and quieter than you might expect   Morning in Châteauneuf-du-Pape   The cellar of Château de Beaucastel   Blending at Château de Beaucastel   Emmanuel Reynaud of Château Rayas (taken 2015)…

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Images of Cornas

The village of Cornas   Largely east-facing slopes at the southern part of the appellation - lieu-dit Combe on the left, lieu-dit Patou on the right   Olivier Clape, with lieu-dit Sabarotte in the background   The slope in the background features the south-facing lieu-dit Reynard (left side, in shadow) and the west and south-facing lieu-dit La Geynale (spread around the…

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Images of Hermitage

The south-facing hill of Hermitage; the lower part is lieu-dit Les Bessards, the upper part is lieu-dit l'Hermite with the 'chapel' on top.   Standing in lieu-dit Les Greffieux, looking up at lieu-dit l'Hermite to the left, lieu-dit Le Méal to the right   Never-ending wall building and upkeep   The front of the chapel   The wine named after it   Caroline Frey,…

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Images of Crozes-Hermitage

Standing in one vineyard, looking up at another - the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage is a series of alluvial terraces   Classic pebbly alluvial soils of the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage   David Reynaud (taken 2013)   Gaylord Machon   Emmanuel Darnaud (taken 2015)   Alain Graillot (taken 2014)   To the north of Hermitage, the terroir is very different,…

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Images of Brézème and Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban

Officially these are AOC Côtes-du-Rhône vineyard areas, but use of the names either Brézème or Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban are tolerated on labels.   Looking south-east over the gently sloping clay limestone vineyards of Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban on the west bank of the Rhône   Looking west along the foot of the limestone hill of Brézème on the east bank of the Rhône  …

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Images of Saint-Péray

Standing in the southern part of the appellation on granite vineyards, looking north-east towards the Rhône   Looking east towards the Montagne de Crussol, a long ridge of limestone with the Rhône flowing behind it. An exceptional terroir, increasingly covered in housing rather than vineyards.   Sandy granitic soils on flatter vineyards of Saint-Péray   Fabrice Gripa of…

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Images of Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet is the name of the producer, a property with its own appellation to the south-west of Condrieu. It's surrounded here by its vineyards.   The oldest part of the building dates back to 1760   The property is comprised of several parts of different ages   The vineyards, all Viognier, rise up in a vertiginous amphitheatre behind the property   The upper…

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Images of Saint-Joseph

The pin shows the centre of the appellation, which stretches from the south of Condrieu to beyond Saint-Péray   Looking north from lieu-dit Le Paradis in the south of the appellation... The pyramid-shaped hillside to the left is lieu-dit Saint Joseph (which gives its name to the appellation). In the foreground, pruned canes are burnt in lieu-dit Les Oliviers. In the background is the hill…

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Images of Condrieu

  Rémi Niero in lieu-dit La Roncharde   Lieu-dit La Roncharde looking south-west towards lieu-dit Côte Bonnette   Tasting older vintages with Christine Vernay of Domaine Georges Vernay   Lieu-dit Coteau de Vernon   François Villard   Once common, now rare - a sweet Condrieu, this one made by Xavier Gérard  

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