The Côtes du Rhône appellation

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The Rhône valley – the home of Maison Calvet since 1818 – boasts a wide variety of terroirs and grape varieties. The region is celebrated for its history, its centuries-old vines and its characterful wines renowned for their generosity. The Côtes du Rhône encompasses a large number of wines. Fans of the great vintages will enjoy the Côtes du Rhône Rouge, a wine rich and intense on the palate, or the more concentrated and complex Côtes du Rhône Villages. Defined by its colour, Côtes du Rhône Rouge is a fresh and expressive PDO wine, true to the Calvet signature. It is equally at home at the finest restaurants as it is for dinners with family or friends.

AOP Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Produced in the Southern Rhône wine region, in the south-east of France, this red boasts notes of red fruits, citrus fruits and white peaches. An aromatic, rounded wine with Appellation d’Origine Protégée (Protected Designation of Origin) certification, which impresses with its freshness and balance on the palate. It is distinguished by its terroir, which benefits from a very dry Mediterranean climate and clay limestone soils.

To make this wine unique, Maison Calvet blends several grape varieties: syrah, grenache, an iconic grape in the southern part of the Rhône valley, cinsault and mourvèdre. A fresh and expressive Côtes du Rhône and a jewel in the crown of Maison Calvet.


The grapes are harvested at perfect maturity, destemmed, macerated for a few hours at low temperature and finally pressed. The juice is then fermented at a temperature regulated between 17 and 19°C. The wine is stored in an inert atmosphere before being quickly drawn off and then filtered for bottling.

Organoleptic properties of Côtes du Rhône Rouge

This bright red Côtes du Rhône is quite an intense, almost ruby red, clear and bright. Very aromatic, it has notes of red fruits, strawberries, blackberries, redcurrants and spices, with a hint of citrus that is highlighted in the fragrance of the wine. These aromas persist in the flavours, along with typical spicy notes that make it so unique. Particularly renowned for its viticultural quality, this very warm wine has a perfect harmony both on the nose and the palate. You will appreciate its subtle nuances when tasting.

How to best appreciate it

The required serving temperature for the Côtes du Rhône Rouge is between 10°C and 12°C and it can be aged for between 2 years and 5 years. As an appetiser, this red is the perfect accompaniment to aperitifs, charcuterie, salads, grilled meats and even a delicious roast capon. There is also a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes to choose from, as well as fruity desserts to finish off on a sweeter note.

— Monday 20 November 2023 by Olivier