One of the most obscure appellations in the Rhône, Vinsobres was created as an AOC in 2006. Originally, it was part of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages, but Vinsobres' wines superseded those of the other villages and regulators decided to make a separate AOC for the region. The vineyards of Vinsobres are generally located in the large town of the same name. The 1,000 acres under vine here make for about 150,000 cases per year of red wine.
After "outgrowing" its Côtes du Rhône-Villages competitors, Vinsobres became an AOC in 2006.
Climate and Viticulture
This mountainous appellation actually has perfect weather for winegrowing, with a warm Mediterranean climate tempered by a cool breeze. A drawback is that in general the soil is rocky and of poor quality.
All the wines produced here have low prices and are of better quality than general Côtes du Rhône-Villages offerings. Three producers are especially good.
- Domaine Constant-Duquesnoy: Though they are rarely available outside France, this producer's wines receive excellent critical reviews. They usually cost under $30.
- Domaine Jaume: Jaume's basic wine is good here, as are the inexpensive cuvées Reference and Altitude 420.
- Perrin & Fils: Perrin's Les Cornuds is a rich, spicy expression of Syrah and Grenache, while the thick, earthy Les Hauts de Juliens shows these grapes' more intense side.