Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

Rasteau, one of the more successful Côtes du Rhône villages in the southern rhône making some wines to rival Châteauneuf-du-Pape from nearly 1,000 ha/2,470 acres of vineyard. Its heady, typically very concentrated red, white, and rosé table wines were sold as Côtes du Rhône-Villages, increasingly with the name Rasteau as a suffix, but since 2010, the dry reds have had their own aoc. Grenache dominates with Mourvèdre and Syrah the main blending partners. Jérôme Bressy of Domaine Gourt de Mautens has fallen foul of the authorities because of his fondness for indigenous varieties, some of them field blends, some outlawed by revised appellation regulations, others in too high a proportion.