Images of Roaix

  Frosty morning in Roaix   Looking east over the village of Roaix to the Baronnies beyond   Pebbly red and yellow clays of Roaix   Damien Chave of Domaine du Bramadou at the top of the Ventabren massif, very pebbly soils   Franck Molénat, president of Cave co-operative Les Vignerons de Roaix Séguret   Elodie Balme of Domaine Elodie Balme   Pebbly clay…

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Images of Grignan-les-Adhémar

  Château Bizard   The grounds of Château Bizard   Tanks and barrels in Château Bizard   Grignan-les-Adhémar vineyards with the Lafarge concrete works in the background   Garrigues vineyards in the northern part of the appellation   Henri Bour of Domaine de Grangeneuve, previous president of the appellation Grignan-les-Adhémar   Mélina Monteillet of…

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Images of Saint-Gervais

  Claire Clavel of Domaine Clavel, one of the few private estates bottling wine in AOC Saint-Gervais   Frédéric Sablayrolles, Director of Production at Celliers des Chartreux on the Soleillan plateau in Saint-Gervais. They bought the local cave co-operative in 2015 and now make one white and one red AOC Saint-Gervais.   Limestone soils of the Soleillan plateau, the smaller of…

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Images of Suze-la-Rousse

  The village of Suze-la-Rousse, Mont Ventoux in the background   The Château of Suze-la-Rousse, which now houses the Université du Vin   Flat, stony garrigues terroir of Suze-la-Rousse   Ann Vermeersch of LePlan-Vermeersch   Vincent Boyer of Domaine la Bastide and president of the appellation Suze-la-Rousse   Outcrops of sand at the north of the appellation…

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Images of Saint-Andéol

  Philippe Faure, President of AOC Saint-Andéol, in vineyards overlooking one of its four communes, Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche   Most of the soil in the appellation consists of galets roulés on hillsides. The winery with the cylindrical tower in the background is Domaine Saladin   Roland Terrasse of Château Rochecolombe   There is a small zone of clay limestone soil in AOC…

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Images of Rousset-les-Vignes and Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes

  The little village of Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes   The massif de la Lance, marking the limit of the Côtes-du-Rhône growing area   Jean-François Julian (l), president of the Cave Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, and Philippe Barral (r) a member of the cave   Philippe's vineyard, 400m up in the clay limestone hillsides of Saint-Pantaléon, with the Lance massif in cloud  ……

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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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