The weather has finally turned colder here in Boston. And though we enjoy the rosés and Muscadets of summer, we’re excited for the contents of our glasses to turn darker and richer.
No wine fits better the cooling weather than Châteauneuf-du-Pape. For us the name conjures a hearty meal and roaring fireplace. And while we may still be a few weeks away from fireplace weather, you’ll want Châteauneuf-du-Pape around when it arrives.
We have several excellent options from the famous appellation, and we’re excited to add a new one today.
The appellation of Châteauneuf is only about 12 square miles, but it makes some of the world’s most sought after wine. Christophe Mestre is a small production winemaker who flies under the radar of most of the wine world, but recently his talent and terroir have begun to bring him acclaim. We think his 2016 is among the best he’s produced.
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.
This is a rich, round, welcoming Southern red to match those stews you’ll start cooking soon. And at the price you can open a bottle for the weeknight leftovers as well.
Mestre Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
bottle price: $34
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