• Soil Type: Limestone with gravel
  • Varieties Cultivated: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
  • Annual Production: 300,000 bottles
  • Country: France
  • Winemaker: Frédéric Arnaud and Paolo Domeneghetti
  • Topography: Platau


The Rhône Valley has a long tradition for winemaking and by the eighteenth century the wines from its southern banks had become so renowned that all casks were required to be branded with the letters “CDR” by a 1737 royal decree. Honoring this appellation’s historic reputation for quality, CDR Côtes du Rhône is made from old bush vines planted atop a sunny, windswept plateau in Laudun, one of the four original Côtes du Rhone villages. Here, the vines are cooled by the Mistral breezes while their roots reach deep into the poor limestone and gravel soils to produce this expressive and elegant wine with plush fruit, racy acidity, and silky tannins.