The colour is a deep garnet red. The nose is essentially fruity, with strong aromas of cassis and plums, an a touch of violets. This is an ample, well-rounded wine in the mouth that has sufficient tannins for ageing capacity.
The colour is bright with a golden hue.
The nose is expressive, with mainly floral aromas such as hawthorn, lemon verbena, linden, mingled with hints of exotic fruits, such as lychees and mangoes, together with citrus fruit.
The palate is fresh and fruity, delightfully seductive.
the vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. They cover 11 communes in the Drôme "département", on the left bank of the Rhône River.
the soils vary: from the north, these are mainly over granite subsoils that follow on from those of the Hermitage hill; to the south where are both fluvialglacial alluviums, with terraces of rolled stones from the old river bed, mixed with loess.
the climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas.
Prevailing wind : The "Mistral".
Surface area under production : Production area is 1,683 hectares/3,485 acres, for an annual production of 61,000 hectolitres/678,000 cases. Authorized maximum yield is 45 hectolitres/hectare (2,6 US tons/acre).
Grape varieties : Marsanne and Roussanne. White wine production represents approximately 10% of the total volume produced.