With June-like temperatures earlier this week we were tempted to break out the rosé and declare summer’s arrival. But experience tells us we’re not done with winter yet. And with colder evenings in mind, we’re suggesting today one of our recent favorites, the 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Christophe Mestre.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is among the world’s great wines. Made famous by French Popes more than seven centuries ago, the area boasts a long winemaking history. Today the small appellation (only about 12 square miles) makes some of the world’s most sought-after wine.
Last spring we came upon a gem in this well-trodden appellation. Christophe Mestre is a young winemaker from an old Chateauneuf family, whose talent and terroir have already begun to bring him acclaim.
Fans of the appellation used to paying well over $50 for bigger names should take note — this is a rich, classic, mouthfilling Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a remarkably low price tag. The nose is explosive, with a wide range of notes from violets and pan drippings to strawberry jam and lavender. The mouth is smooth and soft and rich, with a dark red complexion and silky tannins. It opens beautifully over half an hour in a glass.
Small production and limited US distribution have kept Mestre under the radar of most of the wine world — but we don’t expect this to last. Vinous’s Josh Raynolds awarded this wine 91 points, calling it “suave and silky,” with “seamless red berry liqueur and licorice” flavors “enlivened by a zesty mineral flourish.” Raynolds highlights the wine’s energy, something we find particularly attractive in rich, southern reds.
We don’t make a habit of predicting temperatures. But we can assure you this will make many friends at your next dinner party, whatever the weather.
Mestre Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
Ansonia Retail: $40
3+ bottle price : $35/bot
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