|Cotes du Rhone Village Suze
1937: Appellation Cotes du
1966-1967: Appellation Cotes du Rhone Village
2016: Vineyards in four communes which have been included
in appellation Cotes du Rhone Village are approved to be Cotes du
Rhone Village Suze la Rousse.
The 4 communes are Bollène, Bouchet, Suze la
Rousse and Tulette
In Suze la
Rousse and Tulette only a part of the Cotes du Rhone Village
vineyards will be included in the appellation. Other parts
will be CDRV Sainte Cécile or CDRV Plan de
Bollène is situated in Vaucluse, when the other 3 communes are
situated in Drôme.
Area - km2
Altitude in m
||42 - 312
||85 - 135
||65 - 141
||109 - 222
Although Bollène is
by far the largest municipality in
area and population, it´s
most familiar to wine tourists,
as the village you drive through when
you leave Autoroute Soleil (A7)
for after a few kilometres
to reach Suze la Rousse or before turn to
Uchaux (Derboux), Rochegude. Sainte Cecile Les
Vignes or maybe even Cairanne or nearby other famous
Suze La Rousse has
a few interesting local producers, but
is best known for it's Wine
University. Here you can't get a
full scale oenological education.
seek clear and precise explanations to exploit their personal
knowledge, wines and their sensitivity.
They acquire an assurance and openness thanks to
the very accessible tasting methodology that our oenologists or
sommeliers teaches through a varied panel of courses organized
throughout the year".
That mentioned some well known producers have made their first
steps there to learn what Rhone wines is about. I could mention
three girls from Visan, Beaumes de Venise and Chateauneuf du
Pape. They were all from other countries.
The buildings are very imposing,
and contributes greatly to give
the relatively small town character.
I was there a few years ago. Without appointment I could walk
around the "castle" go inside and walk around the
corridors at three levels, see interesting models of caves from
Roman time - even go to the student's resting room and leave
visit cards at the tables.
Two angels of The Wine Univesity in
des charges (Rules - 12 April 2018)
The appellation includes only red wine.
In the vineyards for a property (encépagement)
Primary red varieties: Grenache,
Syrah and Mourvedre.
Grenache must count for at least 40%
Syrah and/or Mourvedre must count for
at least 25% - until 2021
Other permitted red varieties:
Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise,
Muscardin, Piquepoul Noir,
Terret Noir, Vaccarèse.
The single cuvée (assemblage)
66% must me made of primary
grapes. Grenache is obligatory.
A wine must be made from
at least two primary grapes varieties.
White varieties may be included with
a maximum of 5%.
Area and production
Suze la Rousse AOP