Summary

Wine region

Official name

Côte-Rôtie

Type

Appellation d'origine contrôlée

Year established

1940^[1]^

Country

France

Part of

Northern Rhone

Other regions in Northern Rhone

Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph

Climate region

continental climate

Size of planted vineyards

224 hectares (550 acres).^[1]^

Grapes produced

Syrah, Viognier

Côte-Rôtie is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region "Rhône (wine region)") of France. The vineyards are located just south of Vienne in the communes of Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, Ampuis, and Tupin-et-Semons.^[1]^ The vineyards are unique because of the steep slopes facing the river and their stone walls. Côte-Rôtie can be rendered in English as "the roasted slope" and refers to the long hours of sunlight that these steep slopes receive.^[2]^

The wines are red, made with Syrah grapes and up to 20% Viognier, a white grape used for its aroma "Aroma (wine)"). According to appellation rules, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as cofermentation "Cofermentation (wine)"). Côte-Rôtie wine typically exhibits an almost paradoxical combination of meat aromas (including bacon) and floral aromas. However, even Côte-Rôtie from 100% Syrah can smell floral.^[2]^

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Wine region

Official name

Côte-Rôtie

Type

Appellation d'origine contrôlée

Year established

1940^[1]^

Country

France

Part of

Northern Rhone

Other regions in Northern Rhone

Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph

Climate region

continental climate

Size of planted vineyards

224 hectares (550 acres).^[1]^

Grapes produced

Syrah, Viognier

Côte-Rôtie is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region "Rhône (wine region)") of France. The vineyards are located just south of Vienne in the communes of Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, Ampuis, and Tupin-et-Semons.^[1]^ The vineyards are unique because of the steep slopes facing the river and their stone walls. Côte-Rôtie can be rendered in English as "the roasted slope" and refers to the long hours of sunlight that these steep slopes receive.^[2]^

The wines are red, made with Syrah grapes and up to 20% Viognier, a white grape used for its aroma "Aroma (wine)"). According to appellation rules, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as cofermentation "Cofermentation (wine)"). Côte-Rôtie wine typically exhibits an almost paradoxical combination of meat aromas (including bacon) and floral aromas. However, even Côte-Rôtie from 100% Syrah can smell floral.^[2]^

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