Châteauneuf du Pape
This is the most famous appellation of the southern Rhône and also one of the best-known in France and abroad. Its rise to fame goes back to the presence of the papal seat in Avignon from 1309 to 1376. It was Pope John XXII who developed the château, which is today in ruins.
Very stony, essentially composed of pebbles and sandy red clay.
80% Grenache blanc ; 20% Clairette.
Destemming; oak barrels on fine lees for between 6 and 9 months.
Partly in oak barrels on fine lees from 6 to 9 months; partly in stainless steel tanks.
Pale yellow colour with good tears.
Intense and aromatic of fruity and floral notes with an aniseed finish.
Straightforward attack, well-balanced freshness and roundness.
Matching Food and Wine:
Eventail of langoustines and steamed salmon with garlic cream
Fillet of veal with lime and avocado mousse
Quasi de veau de lait cocotte, Gargouillou de légumes
10 à 12°.
Best enjoyed within:
From 3 to 8 years.