RHÔNE VALLEY WINE REGION – Halos de Jupiter Review

The Rhône Valley Wine Region is perfect for those who want big, bold red wine. We take you on a journey to teach you all about what to expect from wine in this region while reviewing Halos de Jupiter, a Côtes du Rhône appellation that’s 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

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The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône valley and produces numerous wines under various Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The region’s major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC.

Côtes du Rhône AOC is an AOC that covers both the northern and southern sub-regions of Rhône. Typically it is only used if the wine does not qualify for an appellation that can command a higher price. Therefore, almost all Côtes du Rhône AOC is produced in southern Rhône, since the northern sub-region is covered by well-known appellations and also is much smaller in terms of total vineyard surface.

The Halos de Jupiter are a collaboration between the southern Rhône’s renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie, and the talented winemaker Michel Gassier. But above all it’s a story of friendship and shared passions: rugby, gastronomy, and Rhone wines, particularly those from Grenache. For Michel and Philippe, Grenache is the king of varietals of the southern Rhône.

Together, they selected the appellations that offer Grenache the potential to reveal the unique and intrinsic qualities of each: Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône and Costières de Nîmes. Dedicated to the highest quality, these wines from some of the Valley’s best winegrowers, express their respect for the land and Michel and Philippe’s search for a hedonistic balance.

Reflecting the richness and elegance of Halos de Jupiter, its labels communicate visually the hierarchy of the appellations. Jupiter, the poets say, is the king of gods and men. It is also the largest planet of our solar system and the Halo is its closest ring. Châteauneuf du Pape, the leading appellation of the southern Rhone valley is symbolized by the planet Jupiter. Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône and Costières de Nîmes are each represented by the one of four moons of Jupiter discovered by Galileo (Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto).

This wide range of expressions provides wine lovers with either immediate pleasure or with library wines! Halos de Jupiter are a great way to discover and understand Grenache and the exceptional diversity of the terroirs of the Southern Rhone Valley.

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