Saladin C-d-R Villages 2005

Domaine Saladin, Haut Brissan, (right bank) AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages, Ardeche, Auvergne-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 Villages, in the format eg

Producer name
Massif d’Uchaux
AOP/AOC Cotes de Rhone Villlages

Plain AOC/AOP Cotes du Rhone Villages, without a village name appended, means that the wine is a pan-village blend, with higher maximum yield and lower minimum alcohol than for single village wines.

  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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