Saladin C-d-R Villages 2005

Domaine Saladin, Haut Brissan, (right bank) AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France, 2005

On AOC/AOP Cotes du Rhone Villages (extracted from [1])
Let’s start with my idea of a useful map. The appellation straddles the Rhone, taking in the individual appellations (some with date of promotion), of Lirac, Tavel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cairanne (2016) Beaume de Venise (2006), Rasteau (2010), Vacqueras (1990), Vinsobres (2006), and the individual Villages currently numbering 16, which append their name to AOC/AOP Cotes du Rhone …. :

  1. Chusclan
  2. Laudun
  3. Massif d’Uchaux
  4. Plan de Dieu
  5. Puymeras
  6. Roaix
  7. Rochegude
  8. Rousset-les-Vignes
  9. Sablet
  10. Saint-Gervais
  11. Saint-Maurice
  12. Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  13. Séguret
  14. Signargues
  15. Valréas
  16. Visan

Villages quality is a cut above plain Cotes du Rhone (map of Southern Rhone), which overlaps Cotes du Rhone Village, with lower yields and more complexity, always a good thing, and higher alcohol. (Most Cotes du Rhone is produced in the Southern Rhone, with about 10% from the Northern Rhone region).

All wine must be a blend of more than one variety. Approved varieties, for red and pink wine, GSM heavy, are:

  • grenache noir, >= 50%
  • syrah and mourvèdre, together or separately, >= 20%
  • and, all other Cote du Rhone approved red varieties <= 20%, and approved white varieties <=20%, as listed further below. The reds are:
    • camarèse
    • carignan
    • cinsault
    • clairette rose
    • counoise
    • grenache gris
    • muscardin
    • picpoul noir
    • terret
    • vaccarèse
  • for pink wine, as for red above, plus <=20% of approved white varieties, as listed further below
  • up until the 2004 harvest, different proportion rules applied [1]

And for white wine, there seems to be no regulation in proportion of the primary 6 varieties:

  • bourboulenc
  • clairette
  • grenache blanc
  • marsanne
  • roussanne
  • viognier
  • and, all other Cote du Rhone approved white varieties <=20%, which are:
    • picpoul blanc
    • ugni blanc
  • up until the 2004 harvest, different proportion rules applied [1]

This wine: lot No. L0612 (on the bottle just below the capsule), organic, varietal grenache noir, manual harvesting, semi-carbonic maceration with whole clusters and indigenous yeasts, minimum sulfur added, ageing in concrete vat; coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, £10, bin end (£17.30) (02/19).

Consumer tasting note: garnet hued pure grenache Cotes-du-Rhone with some age, with lightly spicy aromas of red plum jam, dried red berries, black fruits and liquorice; medium-full bodied with a palate of red plum and red cherry jam, a touch of black fruits and berries, a touch savoury. Finishes long. Drink now – RTD, but will keep for 1-3 years– Wait. No need to decant.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears [a very small quantity of fine and coarse, but not crystalline, sediment].

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, slightly high-toned spicy red plum jam, liquorice, low-key black cherry edged with black currant, a touch of sweet gunpowder (as in the aroma from the old style shotgun cartridge, or firework), black cherry boiled sweets, dried red berries, a touch savoury.

Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of red plum and cherry jam, black cherry, touch of black currant, savoury, slightest touch of oak.  A long length with a clean finish of black fruit boiled sweets and a savoury edge.

Quality: good, nicely balanced fresh(ish) acidity and tannins with alcohol, harmonious with the sound level of intensity and similar concentration; showing moderate complexity, with evidence of time in oak (oak, spice), and bottle (conserves, dried berries, savoury), following into a long length.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for 1-3 years – a sound structure and balance, the garnet hue suggests advancing age, pretty much fully developed, may broaden and deepen the tertiary profile a little more during keeping.


  1. INAO – Cotes du Rhone Villages [online] accessed 19/03/18

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