France: Rhône Valley

Around Tain l'Hermitage

The wines of Hermitage, Crozes, Cornas and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Main grape varieties


This grape prefers temperate climatic conditions and thrives on the granite slopes here. An early-ripener that gives wines with strong colour, perfumed and spicy flavours with good structure.


Makes powerful wines with low acidity. This rustic grape flourishes on the hot, rocky slopes.

Attributes elegant and delicate characteristics to a blend with good acidity too.

Very little grown in this micro-region. Capricious grape with low yields and uneven ripening. It produces wines with aromas of blossom, ripe pears and apricots. Alcohol levels are potentially quite high.

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