Northern Rhone Wines

Northern Rhone Wines

Northern Rhone

While the Northern Rhône produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhône Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne – the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this – the Rhône flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment’s notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots.

The flavors and texture of Northern Rhône wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds. The wine caresses your tongue like silk, and aromatic hints of pepper, red fruits, bacon fat, green olive, and earthy mineral can arouse your tastebuds within a heartbeat. These wines are rich, often acidic, refreshing, and can be the centerpiece of any gathering or romantic meetup.

No matter what your wine preferences are, the Northern Rhône has a bottle or two that will rock your world. Follow us on this journey, as we explore only the finest wines to come out of this region, ones that will make your collection shine with a new glamour and that you can savor privately, or with friends, and recognize the masterful craftsmanship that went into these works of art. No one is ever left disappointed after a proverbial visit to the Northern Rhône.

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  1. 1964 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1964 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    97
    VM
    First, a magnum of 1964 Hermitage La Chapelle from Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Lucid in hue, it sports modest bricking on the rim. Its initial tightness on the nose soon disap..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,145.00
  2. 1983 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1983 Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne
    98
    RP
    This murky, purple/garnet-colored wine offers up an exotic nose of tea, smoked duck, licorice, truffles, and earth. Extraordinarily concentrated, and almost too rich to be called a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,185.00
  3. 1985 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1985 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    100
    RP
    One of the all-time great La Moulines, this still youthful and unevolved wine does not have the tannic ferocity of the 1988, or the sheer force and intensity of the 1978, 1976, and..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,400.00
  4. 1985 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1985 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    96
    JS
    Hints of amber to the brick-red center color. It shows lots of saffron, mushroom, forest floor, pastrami and other dried meats. Full body with incredible silky tannins and a depth ..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  5. 1988 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1988 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    RP
    Deep purple-colored, with grilled meat and smoky, barbecue-like aromas beginning to emerge, along with lavishly ripe scents of black plums and cassis, the 1988 La Turque is not qui..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,630.00
  6. 1989 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1989 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    The 1989 Le Pavilion is a prodigious wine. Made from yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, this parcel of old vines (averaging 70-80 years of age) has produced an opaque black/purp..." Learn More
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    As low as $720.00
  7. 1990 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1990 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    100
    DEC
    Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1961, 1978 and 1990 are considered to be among the greatest wines ever made in the Rhône Valley. The 1990 was sourced from Les Bessards, Le M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,175.00
  8. 1995 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1995 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    Still a youngster, the blockbuster 1995 Ermitage le Pavillon is a quintessential Hermitage in every way. Full-bodied, powerful, thick and unctuous, with tons of smoky, black, black..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $2,999.00
  9. 1995 chave hermitage cathelin Hermitage
    1995 Chave Hermitage Cathelin
    98
    JD
    The 1995 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin is another magical wine from this family estate that’s drinking brilliantly today. Its vivid ruby, semi-opaque color (classic mature Hermita..." Learn More
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    As low as $9,135.00
  10. 1996 chapoutier cote rotie la mordoree Cote Rotie
    1996 Chapoutier Cote Rotie ''La Mordoree''
    91
    RP
    I was less impressed with the 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree from bottle than I was from cask. Michel Chapoutier still believes it is one of the finest examples he has produced, but a..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  11. 1997 chave hermitage (white) Hermitage
    1997 Chave Hermitage (White)
    99
    DEC
    Tasted with Jean-Louis Chave in his cellars in Mauves. This vintage included a proportion of botrytised grapes, a growing rarity these days on Hermitage due to the increasingly hot..." Learn More
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    As low as $440.00
  12. 1998 chave hermitage cathelin cuvee Hermitage
    1998 Chave Hermitage Cathelin Cuvee
    98+
    VM
    Reticent, minerally nose hints at great sweetness and ripeness; notes of blackberry and tar emerge with aeration. Round, rich and layered in the mouth; still quite closed but the w..." Learn More
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    As low as $9,870.00
  13. 1998 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    97
    RP
    The awesome 1998 Cote Rotie La Mouline is a seamless, full-bodied classic with many characteristics of the 1997 La Landonne , but more structure, tannin, and muscle. It will need t..." Learn More
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    As low as $795.00
  14. 1999 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie La Turque reveals notes of toasty vanilla and espresso in addition to Asian spices, mocha, pepper, blackberries, creosote, and roasted meats. The exotic perfume..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,239.00
  15. 2000 chave hermitage cathelin cuvee Hermitage
    2000 Chave Hermitage Cathelin Cuvee
    97
    AG
    Chave’s 2000 Cuvée Cathelin was monumental. It was a privilege to taste, but also a shame to open so early. If the 1991 seemed young, the 2000 came across as a veritab..." Learn More
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    As low as $6,749.00
  16. 2001 Tardieu Laurent Hermitage
    2001 Tardieu Laurent Hermitage
    92
    VM
    Deep, bright ruby-red. Superripe aromas of beefsteak tomato, gunflint and smoke, with a medicinal austerity lurking behind the wine's roasted elements. Fat, dense and full; a lush,..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  17. 2003 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2003 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    Even better, and topping out on my scale, the 2003 Ermitage le Pavillon comes all from the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit and was aged 100% in new barrels. Its inky rub..." Learn More
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    As low as $349.00
  18. 2004 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2004 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    94
    WE
    This was Chapoutier's initial microcuvée of Hermitage, bottled for the first time in 1989. The 2004 version is smoky and gamy, accented by pepper and a hint of rhubarb, but ..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  19. 2005 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2005 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99+
    RP
    Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $2,475.00
  20. 2006 chapoutier hermitage le meal blanc Hermitage
    2006 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Blanc
    99
    JD
    Just as good as the de l’Orée, but in a very different style, the medium gold-hued 2006 Ermitage Le Méal Blanc has a complex, layered perfume of honeysuckle, or..." Learn More
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    As low as $229.00
  21. 2006 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2006 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    98
    RP
    Showing more minerality than the le Meal, yet more plushness and sexiness than the l’Ermite, the 2006 Ermitage le Pavillon is a tour de force that gives up sensational notes ..." Learn More
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    As low as $545.00
  22. 2007 chapoutier hermitage le meal blanc Hermitage
    2007 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Blanc
    99
    RP
    I was shocked by the 2007 Ermitage le Meal Blanc and from a vintage that yielded mostly forward, supple and approachable efforts, it has stunning concentration, density, depth and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $229.00
  23. 2009 chapoutier hermitage le meal blanc Hermitage
    2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Blanc
    99
    RP
    From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was harvested on the August 28, and aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exoti..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  24. 2009 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    JD
    I’ve been lucky to have drunk close to a case of the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, and if there’s a more perfect Syrah out there, I don’t know of it. R..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  25. 2009 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    Possibly my favorite vintage ever for the Northern Rhône (2010 and 2015 are both in the running), the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Turque is a mammoth of wine that offers e..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
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