Côtes Du Rhône Villages AOC - Grape Varieties

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Grape Varieties

A large number of varieties are allowed in the Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC. The allowed grape varieties, by colour of the wine, are indicated below. Main grape varieties for the respective colour are incated by "M", supplementary varieties (not designated for white wines) by "S", and accessory varieties by "(A)".

Variety Red wines Rosé wines White wines
Bourboulenc (A) M
Brun Argenté (locally called Camarèse or Vaccarèse) (A) (A)
Carignan (A) (A)
Cinsaut (A) (A)
Clairette Blanche (A) M
Clairette Rose (A)
Counoise (A) (A)
Grenache Blanc (A) M
Grenache Gris (A)
Grenache Noir M M
Marsanne (A) M
Mourvèdre S S
Muscardin (A) (A)
Piquepoul Blanc (A) (A)
Piquepoul Noir (A) (A)
Roussanne (A) M
Syrah S S
Terret Noir (A) (A)
Ugni Blanc (A) (A)
Viognier (A) M

The rules for the proportion of main, supplementary and accessory grape varieties are the following:

  • White wines: a minimum of 80% of the main grape varieties.
  • Red and rosé wines:
    • The main grape variety (Grenache Noir) must make up at least 50%.
    • The supplementary grape varieties Syrah and Mourvèdre together must make up at least 20% of the blend.
    • The main and supplementary grape varieties must together make up at least 80% of the blend.
    • The accessory grape varieties are restricted to a maximum of 20% of the blend.

In difference to Côtes du Rhône without the "Village" designation, the variety Marselan may not be used, the proportion of accessory grapes is restricted to 20% rather than 30%, and Blanc and Rose varieties are not allowed at all into the red wines.

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