AOC area for red, rosé and white wines in the southern section of the Rhone in the south France, It is an ancient wine-growing region for over 2,000 years. In the 16th century, remarkable wine was produced here and shipped from the port in Roquemaure to Paris, England and Holland. The origin was certified on behalf of Louis XIV by the magistrate officials by burning “C d R” on the barrels. The area was one of the first of the in 1863 phylloxera haunted when a Château owner imported vines from North America. Popes John XXII were famous wine lovers. (1244-1334), Clement V (1264-1314), and the French kings Henry IV (1553-1610) and Louis XIV (1638-1715).
The area classified as Cru (peak appellation) is on the right bank of the Rhone opposite the area on the other bank Châteauneuf-du-Pape, It covers over 700 hectares of vineyards in the four municipalities of Lirac, Roquemaure, Saint-Geniès-de-Comolas and St-Laurent-des-Arbres in the department Gard,
The red wine is made from. 40% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), to the. 25% Syrah and Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ), up to 10% Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) and Cinsault blended. Up to 20% of the approved white varieties are allowed for the rosé. The white wine is made from max. 60% Bourboulenc. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ), and 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, André Méjan, Domaine de la Mordorée, Domaine de la Pelaquié, Château de Ségriès, Domaine Sabon and Château Saint-Roch.