Collines Rhodaniennes

In an effort to shed some light on how I study for WSET Diploma Course鈥檚 D3 exam, Le Club des Vins is running a series of posts covering wine regions. Today鈥檚 topic: Collines Rhodaniennes.

Collines Rhodaniennes

In a nutshell

  • Rh么ne Valley, France
  • Seyssuell, forgotten classic
  • Left bank of the river Rhone
  • Schist and granite soils
  • Viognier & syrah

馃搷 Location

Collines Rhodaniennes is an IGP in the Rh么ne Valley, but mostly used in the northern part of the region. The most interesting vineyards are to be find on the Left Bank of the聽Rh么ne, opposite to the famous AOCs of Condrieu and聽C么te R么tie. Within the聽Collines Rhodaniennes, there鈥檚 one commune that gets the most attention: Seyssuel near the city Vienne.聽It used to be a region of renown, but was neglected after phylloxera, wars, etc. Time to shine a light on this forgotten classic.鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅 鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅

鈽侊笍 Climate & soils

The vineyards are located on the steep slopes (30-40%) of the聽left bank of the river Rh么ne, facing south or聽southwest. The soils are based on granite and schist. Hmmm, where have I heard this before? Oh right, C么te R么tie.聽鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅 鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅

馃崌 Grapes

There are more than 20 grapes allowed for聽Collines Rhodaniennes. It鈥檚 an IGP after all, no strict rules 馃槈 However, four of them account for 95% of the plantings: syrah, viognier, marsanne and roussanne. Quelle surprise.

馃構 Producers

Three producers are responsible for the revival of this forgotten classic: Yves Cuilleron, Fran莽ois Villard and Pierre Gaillard. They started replanting Seyssuel together and created a project called Vins de Vienne in 1996. Their viognier is the best viogniers I鈥檝e ever had and costs about a third of a Condrieu. Nowadays, there are 13 wine makers active in the Seyssuel. Other great wine makers like Stephane Ogier and Michel Chapoutier jumped on the bandwagon as well. Please share your favourites in the comments :)鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅

馃挕 Something you didn’t know

Seyssuel is in the process of becoming an AOP, at least, that鈥檚 the goal. According to @guildsomm, chances are slim it will be named Seysuell, though, because there鈥檚 already AOC Seysell (Savoie) and it could be confusing. Really? French wine laws, confusing? If you鈥檇 like to know more, there鈥檚 a ton of info on Decanter and Guildsomm.

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