Winter is Coming. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the perfect wine for cooler weather. Made famous by French popes in the 14th century, and then again by Robert Parker in the 1980s, the area is rich with winemaking history. Today the appellation, which covers only about 12 square miles, produces some of the most sought after wine in the world.
Here are four Chateauneuf-du-Papes from four different producers. They all have between three and six years of bottle age, and show the impressive variety of terroir available from the appellation. With fall here and winter on its way, this is the perfect mixed case to keep you warm.
As a bonus, the buyers of the first few samplers ordered will receive a new detailed map of the appellation (see photo below).
MESTRE Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
Christophe Mestre is an up and coming young winemaker from an old Châteauneuf family. His wines are traditional, smooth and easy to enjoy young. Vinous awarded his 2012 91 points, calling it “silky” and “seamless,” and noting its “zesty mineral flourish.”
MAUCOIL Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Château Maucoil is an ancient property on the site of a Roman era spring. Their red Châteauneuf-du-Pape is classic and elegant, with dark plum fruit, and notes of jam, licorice, lavender and earth.
ANDRÉ Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013
Jacqueline André carefully coaxes an extraordinary wine from her 140-year-old vines. The first domaine certified organic and biodynamic in the appellation, André makes a single, exquisite cuvée from exceptional raw materials. Look for earth, garrigue, and figs.
FONT DU LOUP Chateauneuf “Puy Rolland” 2011
Made exclusively from 100-year old Grenache vines, this special cuvée from the Chateau de la Font du Loup is magnificent. With extremely concentrated fruit and beautiful fine-grained tannins, look for notes of strawberry jam and a very silky mouthfeel.
Mixed Case: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sampler
Ansonia Retail: $600
sampler price : $495/case
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