A classic and practical station, great for visiting restaurants
The Rhône covers a large area of central/Southern France and works in a complex but easy-when-you-know-how hierarchy. It splits into North and South and here we mean the South. What you need to know is that Côtes du Rhône is the catchall name for wines made across the region, and then certain areas are allowed to call their wines after their villages like Gigondas or Vacqueyras. This means that they have a more individual style and tend to be more premium. Rhône wines are invariably Syrah, Grenache blends but villages like Châteauneuf du Pape (which is in the Rhône) can have up to 13 different grapes. In the main the wines are spicy, intense and fruity, with the more premium wines tending to have a bit more bite and tannin meaning they need to be drunk with some food to soften off the tannins.