Rhone Blend Wines

Rhone Blend Wines

Rhone Blend Wine

The Rhône valley has historically been an underappreciated region when it comes to viticultural accomplishments. It has long remained in the shadows of Bordeaux, Champagne and other regions that normally represent the pinnacle of French winemaking prowess, yet it consistently gives birth to some of the most awe-inspiring, compelling and mouth-watering wines in the world. Blends like Hermitage or Côte-Rôtie are nothing short of heavenly, and they’re often underrated, not appearing in as many conversations as they truly deserve.

In terms of grape varietals, the Rhône offers a fair amount of variety. Syrah and Grenache dominate the red wine blends of the region, whereas white wine aficionados can enjoy a tasteful, complex combination of Marsanne, Viognier, and Roussanne. Every one of these wines simply oozes with character and complexity, requiring multiple tastings to properly deconstruct for all except the best-trained connoisseurs.

You have quite a few excellent choices, regardless of your personal preference. A 2003 or 2001 vintage of “Hommage à Jacque Perrin” from Chateau de Beaucastel or a bottle of Réserve des Célestins from 2000, made by the artisan Henri Bonneau, can send you soaring to the cosmos as your senses are stimulated to their conceivable limit. The deep, often inky appearance of these wines reveals their raw power and boldness, making them a common favorite among those who explore this region’s produce. Examining each wine from the Rhône valley in detail would take us longer than the average fermentation period for one of these masterpieces, but allow us to introduce you to some of the finest representatives.
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  1. 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
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  2. 1996 chapoutier hermitage l'ermite Hermitage
    1996 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    98
    WS
    A blockbuster red wine, delivering heavyweight power with amazing finesse. Thick, ripe, rich and superextracted, it's inky-dark, full-bodied, tastes of the earth, cassis and blackb..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $3,399.00
  3. 1998 guigal cote rotie single vineyard assortment Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie Single Vineyard Assortment
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    As low as $1,965.00
  4. 1998 henri bonneau chateauneuf du pape speciale Chateauneuf du Pape
    1998 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Speciale
    98
    WS
    This offers an aroma of chocolate-covered prunes stewing on the stove, along with notes of brick dust, black currant preserve, fresh espresso and powdered rust. Powerfully tannic a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,195.00
  5. 1998 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    99
    RP
    The opaque purple-colored 1998 Cote Rotie La Turque offers extraordinarily gorgeous, pure black raspberry fruit intertwined with cherry liqueur, smoke, coffee, licorice, and roaste..." Learn More
    As low as $549.00
  6. 1998 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1998 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    96
    WS
    What a great wine. Full-bodied, with crushed berry, smoke and grilled aromas, all presented quite subtly. Stands out for its natural, down-to-earth taste of clean, pure, shining fr..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  7. 1998 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    The 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a perfect wine ... at least for my palate. Its saturated black/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of smoke, incense, tapenade, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $785.00
  8. 2000 chapoutier hermitage l'ermite Hermitage
    2000 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99
    RP
    I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l’Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the ..." Learn More
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    6L
    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  9. 2001 pierre usseglio cdp deux freres Chateauneuf du Pape
    2001 Pierre Usseglio CDP Deux Freres
    99
    RP
    The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres elicits “wows”. Aged 60% in neutral wood foudres and 40% in one, two, and three-year old Burgundy barrels, this 200..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  10. 2003 chapoutier hermitage l'ermite Hermitage
    2003 Chapoutier Hermitage L'ermite
    100
    RP
    In terms of pure perfection and singularity, the black/purple-colored 2003 Ermitage l’Ermite is hauntingly perfect. A gorgeous perfume of flowers, black and blue fruits inter..." Learn More
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    As low as $879.00
  11. 2005 mordoree cdp la plume du peintre Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Mordoree CDP la Plume du Peintre
    100
    JD
    Dense and impenetrable at first, the monumental 2005 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Plume du Peintre, 100% Grenache all from la Crau, sports a vivid black,..." Learn More
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    As low as $619.00
  12. 2005 barroche chateauneuf du pape pure Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Barroche Chateauneuf du Pape Pure
    100
    RP
    A wine I've had many times, Julien's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure is a heavenly Chateauneuf du Pape that's a tribute to the heights Grenache can hit when grown in a great terroir ..." Learn More
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    As low as $349.00
  13. 2005 roger sabon cdp le secret de sabon Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Roger Sabon CDP le Secret de Sabon
    98
    RP
    The best showing yet from this cuvee (I rated in 96+ earlier this year), the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Secret de Sabon is a brilliant success and easily in the top handful ..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  14. 2005 vieux telegraphe cdp la crau Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Vieux Telegraphe CDP La Crau
    95+
    RP
    The 2005 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, this estate’s strongest vintage since 1998, has put on serious weight since last year. Dense ruby/purple-colored with an exquis..." Learn More
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    As low as $209.00
  15. 2005 rayas cdp Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Rayas CDP
    97
    RP
    I could not resist retasting the 2005 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape. Until the 2007 is in bottle, the 2005 is clearly the greatest wine made at this estate since the 1995. Made from 10..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,529.00
  16. 2005 chapoutier hermitage l'ermite 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
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,475.00
  17. 2005 marcoux chateauneuf du pape vv Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape VV
    98
    JD
    Certainly one of the top wines of the vintage, the 2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, always from the La Crau, Gallimards, and Esquirons vineyards a..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  18. 2005 marcoux chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape
    93
    JD
    I drank this bottle of 2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape over two days and while young, it’s actually fairly open and did not close down. Bright and pure rasp..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  19. 2005 pierre usseglio cdp deux freres Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Pierre Usseglio CDP Deux Freres
    98
    JD
    The 2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is a rock star wine that's built for the long haul with massive amounts of rich dark f..." Learn More
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    As low as $169.00
  20. 2006 pierre usseglio cdp deux freres Chateauneuf du Pape
    2006 Pierre Usseglio CDP Deux Freres
    98
    RP
    The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, which comes from Les Serres, La Crau, and Esquirons (which is high on the plateau just behind the ruined chateau of the villag..." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
  21. 2006 pierre usseglio cdp mon aeiul Chateauneuf du Pape
    2006 Pierre Usseglio CDP Mon Aeiul
    97
    JD
    One of the top wines of the vintage, the 2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul is a quintessential Châteauneuf, boa..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.99
  22. 2006 chapoutier hermitage l'ermite Hermitage
    2006 Chapoutier Hermitage L'ermite
    98+
    RP
    There are nearly 1,000 cases of the 2006 Ermitage l’Ermite, another candidate for perfection in a few years. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as a stunning bouquet..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,395.00
  23. 2007 cristia chateauneuf du pape cuvee renaissance Chateauneuf du Pape
    2007 Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance
    96
    RP
    Deeper, inkier and more concentrated than the classic cuvee, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance checks in as 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, with the Grenach..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  24. 2007 roger sabon cdp le secret de sabon Chateauneuf du Pape
    2007 Roger Sabon CDP le Secret de Sabon
    99
    RP
    One of the sexiest, most decadent and unctuous wines in the vintage, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon (95% Grenache and the rest a mix of permitted varieties) boasts..." Learn More
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    As low as $929.00
  25. 2007 vieux telegraphe cdp la crau Chateauneuf du Pape
    2007 Vieux Telegraphe CDP La Crau
    96+
    RP
    The 2007 Vieux Telegraphe may be the greatest wine made at this property since the 2005 and 1998. Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, licorice, gr..." Learn More
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    As low as $209.00
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