A Robust Rhône For Hearty Winter Drinking

One of the most remarkable changes in the French wine world over the last decade or so has been the spectacular improvement in the quality of wines from the Rhône Valley. The northern Rhône has always had its stars, with Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie commanding prices that reflect an elevated status. With the exception of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the southern, Mediterranean, part of the appellation has historically been known for what had often been charitably referred to as "peasant" wines. Not quite the stuff that appeals to the sophisticated palates of New York wine lovers—or buyers from British supermarkets.

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