Rasteau | Wine appellation | Rhone Valley | France

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Rasteau wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Rasteau is a wine appellation in the southern Rhone region of France where red, white and rose wines along with special vin doux naturels rancio wines are permitted. The appellation covers 41 hectares in the commune of Rasteau which sits on a lovely hillside overlooking the stunningly beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail which frame the southern Rhone appellations from Orange down to Beaumes de Venise. The appellation was promulgated in January 1944.
While the red, white and rose wines must be produced from grapes from the Rasteau commune the rancio wines can be made from grapes produced in three communes namely Cairanne, Rasteau and Sablet.
The grape varieties are too numerous to mention but the main player is Grenache supplemented by Mourvedre and Syrah. But then small quantities of the various southern Rhone grapes can be added.
These are always powerful wines that reflect the hot, open plains around the village of Rasteau.

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