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Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a French AOC of 3,200 hectares located in the southeast of France in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region. The first known origins of the vines in the region can be traced back to 1157, although a vineyard have certainly been there before. Noticed by Pope Clement V, this precious terroir starts rising under the reign of his successor, Jean XXII, who consecrate it "Vin du Pape". Soon the wine is gaining fame and is distributed farther and farther abroad. This appellation remains today one of the most famous in the Rhone Valley. It usually produces colored wine well structured and complex.
Condrieu is a French AOC of white wine located in the south of Lyon, Rhone-Alpes. Covering an area of 260 hectares, of which 170 in production, Condrieu's vineyard is very steep. That is why only terrace vine growing is possible. The only grape allowed is viognier. This vineyard takes its origins in the Gallo-Roman period. Its wines have enjoyed an excellent reputation since long ago. However, the first half of the twentieth century marked by phylloxera, the 14-18 war, the 1929 crisis and industrialization have caused great damage to the vineyard whose surface has greatly reduced. It was not until the 80s that the dynamic of the vineyard restarted and old plots started to be used again. Fresh, fragrant with delicate fruit flavors, this is a wine to drink young.
Founded in 1940, Cote-Rotie is a French AOC of red wine south of Lyon in the Rhone-Alpes region. Covering an area of 280 hectares, the vineyard of Cote-Rotie is very steep, which explains the presence of terraces and stone walls called "cheys." Some of these walls even date back to Roman times. Gaining reputation during the Middle Age and the Renaissance, the wines of Cote Rotie are found on the princely tables of France, England and Russia as far back as the 18th century. However, the first half of the 20th stands as a difficult time because of phylloxera and particularly the war. Most of the vineyard is condemned to wasteland until the 60s-70s. Today, it has regained its original size. The wines of the appellation are composed primarily of Syrah, which brings color and tannins, and a slight part of Viognier, which contributes to the finesse and depth of flavors.
The French AOC Cotes du Rhone extends from Vienna to Avignon in southern France. Its vineyard extends over 32,000 hectares (89% of red, 7% of rose and 4% of white). It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers punctuated by some violent thunderstorms. Winters are mild with little rainfall, snow is rare. According to historical and archaeological studies, Cotes du Rhone is one of the oldest vine growing regions in the world. This AOC was created in 1937, but the recognition of local wines is much older. Since 1650, regulation protects their authenticity and quality. Less than a century later in 1737, all oak casks for sale must be marked by the initial "CDR", following an edict of the king. Today, Cotes du Rhone is the second largest vineyard in France.
Founded in 1937, expanded in 1952, Crozes-Hermitage is the largest French AOC of the Rhone Valley. The entire vineyard extends over 1,514 hectares south of Valence. Less full-bodied than the Hermitage wines, wines from this appellation are expressed through beautiful fruity aromas. Fresh in their youth, they reveal fine notes of spices while maturing.
Born in 1937, the French AOC Hermitage is located slightly above Valence in south-eastern France. Its vineyard extends over 136 hectares. Steeped in a long history of vine growing tradition, this region produces wines under different names since the Roman times. The current name seems to take its origin in the 17th century. The Hermitage wines have significant aging potential. Powerful, round and smooth, they develop finesse and complexity over the years.
The French AOC Saint-Joseph, located just above Tournon in south-eastern France, is born in 1956. Its vineyard extends over 1,211 hectares. Created during the Greek colonization and cultivated by the Romans, the vineyard produced wine that was very appreciated by the princely tables of Europe and Russia back in the time. Charlemagne himself was an amateur. Known for its red wines, AOC Saint Joseph produces fine and powerful wines whose uniqueness lies in subtle peppery flavors.
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