Côte Rôtie – literally ‘roasted slope’
– is the most northerly of the Rhône Valley’s great
appellations. The vineyards are spread over 250 hectares (617 acres)
of steep, south-facing slopes along the western bank of the Rhône.
The region has a remarkable variety of different terroirs.
The soil is mostly mica-schist, but this is enriched in different lieux-dits
(individual vineyard sites) by silex, clay, limestone and iron oxides.