Top-Rated Rhone Valley Wines

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Of all the French wine, Rhone reds are consistently some of the most popular and best sellers, thanks in part to the wide variety of Rhone wine that's available. You'll find stellar value bottles under $20, terrifically complex mid-range wines, and the coveted and collectible Chateauneuf du Papes. Here are some top-rated selections from the Rhone Valley.

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Wine Spectator Top 100 SelectionWine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2018 | #31
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2018
Enticing, with bright, engaging raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit infused with gently roasted sandalwood and apple wood, garrigue and licorice root notes. A swath of tobacco underscores the finish, giving this an old-school hint. Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,500 cases made, 550 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Aug 2018
Made from 50- to 80-year-old vines, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape offers tremendous purity for an entry-level cuvée. Pine and rosemary notes accent bright cherry fruit in this full-bodied, creamy textured and lush example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The assemblage is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Enjoy it over the next decade.
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RP98+98–100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Dec 2019
Jaboulet’s 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It’s a classic trio, backed by a wine that’s full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine.
JD97+97–99 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - December 12, 2019
A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3–4 decades with no problems. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 3, 2020
Seems a little shy at the moment, but you can tell that this has serious poise and pedigree with subtle clove, crushed-brick, iron, black-cherry and plum-skin character. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and reserved with super refined tannins that are so fine-textured, yet intense. Give this three or four years to show its true self. From organically grown grapes. Better after 2023.
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
Opaque ruby. Displays powerful, highly perfumed aromas of black/blue fruit preserves, licorice, cola, baking spices and potpourri, along with an exotic suggestion of incense. Utterly stains the palate with intense blackberry, cherry, cassis, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that deliver a suave blend of weight and energy. Youthfully solid tannins add shape and grip to an extremely long, mineral- and floral-accented finish that shows outstanding clarity and dark fruit thrust.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 6, 2022
Dried fig and cassis are layered with earth, iron and charred mesquite notes in this densely packed red. Delivers dusty tannins with a slightly bitter edge on the nicely structured finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

France | Rhone | Northern Rhone | Hermitage

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VN90+90–91 pts. - Vinous - May 2020
Lively cherry and raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of baking spices, lavender and white pepper. Smooth, focused and appealingly sweet, offering spice-laced red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that tighten up slightly on the back half. A zesty mineral note appears on the red-fruit-dominated finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins.
JD90+90–92 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 16, 2019
From vines throughout the region and a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah brought up all in concrete, the 2018 Côtes Du Rhône comes from a collaboration between Michel Chapoutier and 3-star Michel Chef Yannick Alleno. It has a perfumed bouquet of ripe black cherries, blackberries, garrigue, and chocolate. This carries to a medium to full-bodied Côtes Du Rhône that has a distinct saltiness, beautiful fruit, and a great finish. It seems to always over-deliver. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP89+89–91 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
The 2018 Cotes du Rhone is a 70-30 blend of Grenache and Syrah, all matured in tank. It shows appealing blueberry and cherry fruit, even a hint of apricot or peach. Ripe and supple, it’s medium to full-bodied, with a long, silky finish. Nicely done.

France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone

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Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vieilles Vignes

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95390

JD91+91–93 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/14/2020
Tasting like the essence of these sun baked slopes, the 2019 Rasteau Vieilles Vignes offer a rich, powerful, full-bodied style as well as classic Rasteau notes of black cherries, chocolate, scorched earth, and pepper. Rich, concentrated, and structured, it’s going to benefit from 2–3 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022
Ripe and well-built, featuring red licorice and singed anise notes guiding the core of juicy raspberry and plum compote flavors along, with good brambly energy through the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025. 800 cases made, 40 cases imported. (James Molesworth)

France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone-Villages

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Tardieu-Laurent Les Becs Fins

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95544

SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2022
Bright and elegant, with pretty cherry, floral and graphite shavings on the firm, medium-weight palate. Subtle hints of vanilla and smoke add a touch of roundness to the somewhat austere profile. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 5,000 cases made, 1,400 cases imported. (Kristen Bieler)
JD88+88–90 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/11/2022
Looking at the 2021s, the 2021 Côtes Du Rhône Les Becs Fins has outstanding potential, with solid aromatics of dark, almost blue fruits as well as peppery herbs and some minerality. It’s medium-bodied, and has a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)

France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone

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Olivier Ravoire Gigondas Armatura

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 528

JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, May 22, 2023
Notes of blackberries, cassis, black olives, dried thyme and licorice. Medium-to full-bodied with creamy but structured tannins. Flavorful finish with strawberries. An excellent Gigondas here. Drinkable now, but better from 2023. (Zekun Shuai)
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2021
This Grenache-dominant blend (augmented by a small proportion of Syrah) highlights rich, roasted black-plum and cherry compote flavors accented by streaks of granite and gun flint. Voluptuous in texture and finishing on fine, furry tannins, it’s an immediately enjoyable wine with a spicy char and cinnamon finish. Best now–2026. (Anna Lee C. Iijima)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2023
Deep garnet. Displays aromas of cherry and blackberry, along with hints of woodsmoke and black pepper. Gently chewy and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and licorice flavors and a hint of succulent herbs. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, spicy finish that echoes the cherry note. (Josh Raynolds)
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France | Rhone | Southern Rhone | Gigondas

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JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, May 22, 2023
Some baked cherries, blue flowers and Mediterranean herbs and spices. Medium-to full-bodied with firm but cherry-coated tannins on the palate. Pristine and well-balanced. Drink now. (Zekun Shuai)
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France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone

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WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2019
A whiff of violet introduces ripe but pristine blackberries and cherries in this fleshy but delightful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s sleek and silky on the palate yet anchored by firm granite tones and fine, taut tannins that reverberate through an extended finish. Irresistible already it is likely to gain finesse and depth well through 2035.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 31, 2020
Densely fruited, with layers of red currant, raspberry and plum fruit paste flavors that stretch out slowly, unveiling notes of cedar, garrigue, brick dust and incense. A warm stone detail drives the finish, accented by well-buried acidity that keeps all the elements fresh and defined within the old-school rubric. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2036. 3,700 cases made, 800 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Mellow, rich aromas of red fruit and berry pastry with garrigue, raspberry liqueur and sweet, berry cream. The palate has a suave, long and succulent core of powerful tannins. Long and dense. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/28/2018
A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre brought up in a mix of stainless steel and old barrels, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Roi is a ripe, sexy wine. Dried cherries, blackberries, loamy soil, and hints of cured meats give way to a rounded, supple, elegant 2016 that has moderate tannin and good length. Drink it over the coming decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2019
Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed red fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of garrigue, licorice and white pepper. Spicy and focused on the palate, displaying vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors along with a building smoky nuance. Finishes with resonating spiciness, a suggestion of Chambord and youthfully chewy tannins.
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