AOC range for red, rosé and white wines in the southern section of the Rhone in the south France, It is an ancient winegrowing area for over 2,000 years. In the 16th century, remarkable wine was produced here and shipped from the port of Roquemaure to Paris, England and Holland. The origin was certified by order of Louis XIV by the magistrates by burning "C d R" on the barrels. The area was founded in 1863 as one of the first of the phylloxera haunted when a Château owner imported vines from North America. Famous lovers of wines were the popes John XXII. (1244-1334), Clement V (1264-1314), as well as the French kings Henry IV (1553-1610) and Louis XIV. (1638-1715).
The classified as Cru (Spitzenappellation) area is located on the right bank of the Rhône opposite the area lying on the other shore Châteauneuf-du-Pape, It covers over 700 hectares of vines in the four municipalities Lirac, Roquemaure, Saint-Geniès -de-Comolas and St-Laurent-des-Arbres in the department Gard,
The red wine is going to the. 40% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), to the. 25% Syrah and Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ), up to 10% Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) and Cinsault blended. For rosé, up to 20% of the approved white varieties are allowed. The white wine is made from max. 60% Bourboulenc. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ), as well as max. 25% Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ) Piquepoul Blanc. Marsanne. Roussanne and Viognier produced.
Well-known producers are Château d'Aqueria, Château Boucarut, Château Bouchassy, Domaine Cantegril, Domaine de Devoy, Domaine la Fermade, Domaine les Garrigues, Domaine du Joncier, Domaine Maby, Andre Méjan, Domaine de la Mordorée, Domaine de la Pelaquié, Château de Ségriès, Domaine Sabon and Château Saint-Roch.