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. 1964 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1964 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    94
    WS
    A warm summer led to supple, low-acidity wines. This Chapelle reflects the vintage--smooth, silky and full-bodied. Less expressive than the '66, but tastes rounder and richer. Melt..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,010.00
  2. 1967 Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape
    1967 Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  3. 1972 xavier chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    1972 Xavier Chateauneuf du Pape
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    As low as $109.00
  4. 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 $1,395.00
  5. 1985 beaucastel chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    1985 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
    94
    JD
    Showing a youthful red color with some slight lightening at the edges, the 1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a beautiful Beaucastel funk nose with ripe..." Learn More
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    As low as $149.00
  6. 1988 beaucastel chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    1988 Beaucastel Chateauneuf Du Pape
    94
    JG
    (Châteauneuf du Pape- Château de Beaucastel) Château de Beaucastel, along with Château Rayas, was formerly one of the two greatest estates in the region, bu..." Learn More
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    As low as $195.00
  7. 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 $780.00
  8. 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 $1,225.00
  9. 1994 beaucastel cdp hommage a jacques perrin Chateauneuf du Pape
    1994 Beaucastel CDP Hommage a Jacques Perrin
    96
    RP
    The two limited cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin are spectacular in both 1994 and 1995, but each will require 10-15 years of cellaring. Less than 300 cases we..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  10. 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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    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  11. 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 $9,550.00
  12. 1995 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1995 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    99
    DEC
    La Mouline is one of the top wines produced by Guigal, along side La Turque and La Landonne - collectively they are affectionately known as the LaLas. The grapes come from vines lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  13. 1995 henri bonneau chateauneuf du pape celestins Chateauneuf du Pape
    1995 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Celestins
    95
    RP
    The profound 1995 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins exhibits a dense saturated plum/garnet color as well as an intense nose of roasted meats, beef blood, plum, cherry, and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,090.00
  14. 1996 Chapoutier Cote Rotie ''La Mordoree''
    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 $180.00
  15. 1996 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1996 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    93
    RP
    The 1996 Cote Rotie La Landonne was herbaceous early in life, but is now revealing a black olive/tapenade, melted asphalt character in its smoky, earthy, animal, blackberry, leathe..." Learn More
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    As low as $470.00
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
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    As low as $1,195.00
  19. 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
  20. 1999 beaucastel chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    1999 Beaucastel Chateauneuf Du Pape
    92+
    VM
    Full ruby. Highly complex nose combines black fruits, gibier, truffle, road tar, licorice and leather. Very intense and spicy, but still tightly wound, with a firm acid spine keepi..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  21. 1999 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    I have given perfect scores to other vintages of La Landonne, but the black/purple-colored 1999 Cote Rotie La Landonne may be the finest effort Guigal has ever coaxed out of this v..." Learn More
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    As low as $985.00
  22. 2000 andre brunel cdp cuvee centenaire Chateauneuf du Pape
    2000 Andre Brunel CDP Cuvee Centenaire
    96
    JD
    A blend of 80% Grenache (from the Farguerol vineyard), 8% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre, the 2000 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Cent..." Learn More
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    As low as $165.00
  23. 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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    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  24. 2000 chave hermitage Hermitage
    2000 Chave Hermitage
    96
    RP
    Along with the single vineyard offerings from Michel Chapoutier, Chave’s 2000 Hermitage is a candidate for this appellation’s “wine of the vintage.” A dense..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  25. 2000 mordoree cdp reine de bois Chateauneuf du Pape
    2000 Mordoree CDP Reine De Bois
    98
    JD
    Wow, Domaine de la Mordorée's 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bo is almost the quintessential Chateauneuf and is glorious stuff. They should bott..." Learn More
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    As low as $89.99
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