AOP Cotes du Rhone Village Sainte Cécile

1937: Appellation Cotes du Rhone is created
1966-1967: Appellation Cotes du Rhone Village created 
1997: First contact to INAO with a request for the establishment of AOP CDRV Sainte Cécile
l’Association de défense et de promotion du terroir de Sainte Cécile is created.
2016: INAO approves the new appellation 25 November

The vineyards belonging to the appellation is mainly located in Saint-Cécile-les-Vignes but also parts of four other communes, Sérignan du Comtat, Travaillan, Suze la Rousse and Tulette. The latter two communes located in the Drôme while the other three are located in the Vaucluse.

Only vineyards in the 5 communes former being Cotes du Rhone Village are now approved to use the name Cotes du Rhone Village Sainte Cécile. The total area is 1388 ha which in fact is more than any other Village appellation with geographical name.
As only 280 ha were declared for the 2nd vintage you will see a raising amont of wines with the name in coming years.

The mainpart of vineyards in Suze la Rousse in included in Cotes du Rhone Village Suze la Rousse and nearly all in Tulette are Cotes du Rhone Village Plan de Dieu.

The 5 communes
Commune Inhab. 2017 Area in km2 Elevation in m
Sainte Cécile les Vignes 2505 19.82  83 - 138
Sérignan du Comtat 2676 19.82  53 - 240
Travaillan 722 17.65  75 - 112
Suze la Rousse 2104 30.60 65 - 141
Tulette 1989  23.53  109 - 222

Cahiers des charges (Rules as 12 April 2018

The appellation includes only red wine 

The rules for the appellation is not differing from the rules for red wines of Cotes du Rhone Village. 

Primary red varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
The finished wine must achieve 66% to be made from the primary grapes.
The finished wine must be made from at least two primary grapes. 
and/or Mourvedre must count for 25% of the blend - until 2021 only 20%.
Other permitted red varieties: Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, Piquepoul Noir, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse.
White varieties can be included with a maximum of 5%

According to the syndicate's draft for a pressbook these requirements might be easy to meet. Grape varieties as a whole in the Cotes du Rhone Village vineyards to be part of the new appellation should be as follows:
Grenache 68%
Syrah 14%
Mourvedre 8%
Carignan 5%
Cinsault 2%
White varieties 3%

Area and production 2016-2019

Årgang 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hektar 237 280 326 339 303
Hektoliter 8752 8627 11029 11791 11581

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Updated 13-05-2021