The Rhone Valley is a richly diverse wine region. Segregated into North and South, the wines are quite different, the Northern Rhone wines dominated by the Syrah and Viognier grape varieties, producing the dark structured long lived reds of Cote Rotie and Hermitage. The wines further South, are much less monolithic, epitomised by Chateauneuf du Pape where up-to thirteen grape varieties are blended to create these great wines.
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An old told legend, belonging to Côte-Rotie related the story of the seigneur de Maugiron who having two daughters, one blond and the other dark haired, bequeathed a hillside to each one of them. And thus were born the names of " Côte-Blonde " and " Côte-Brune. " Côte-Rotie La Mordoree is made from 100% Syrah and is located on the border of the "Côte Blonde". The soil is compos…