Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s most historic and famous wines. It was named after “the Pope’s new house” when the Papacy relocated to Avignon in the fourteenth century and summer residences were constructed. Its sedimentary soil is covered with large pudding stones that store heat and aid in the ripening of grapes. The famous Rhone mistral winds are very prominent here and help to provide great concentration in the grapes.
APPEARANCE: Intense crimson-red.
NOSE:Complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum, layered with roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, Morello (black) cherry.
PALATE:Opens into spicy liquorice and (dark & red) fruity aromas.
VARIETAL: 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah
TERROIR: Quaternary terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are carefully selected during the harvesting. This sorting allows to have the best bunches of grapes. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties, therefore, vinification depends on the component grapes and their varietals. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of colour and tannins.
Aging : Maturation between 12-15 months.
Suggested Pairings: Grilled chicken, Lamb Roast with garlic & rosemary, Roast Beef – All meats: especially large game, marinated, or in sauces. All cheese.