The vineyards of Côte-Rôtie
are among the oldest in France. Developed considerably by the Romans, Côte-Rôtie earned AOC status in 1940. Today the appellation comprises a little over 100 producers and about 60 properties with estate bottling.
Côte-Rôtie stretches along the bank of the Rhône River, across three villages: Saint-Cyr-sur-Rhône, Ampuis, and Tupin-Semons, all in the Rhône department. The steep, terraced vineyards sit on a granite bedrock covered with a layer of silica-limestone in the Côte Blonde and a soil of clay and iron oxide in the Côte Brune. The moderate continental climate gives hot, dry summers and regular rain the rest of the year.
This appellation comprises about 230 hectares of vineyards that produce about 8,500 hectoliters of red wine annually. The blend is at least 80% Syrah and the rest Viognier. Côte-Rôtie undergoes an obligatory aging of at least 18 months and up to three years in oak barrels. This excellent wine is particularly well represented by producers like E. Guigal, Domaine Georges Vernay, M. Chapoutier, and Domaine Barge.
More informations on the website of the wines of Côte-Rôtie