Chateauneuf-du-Pape isn’t in fashion these days. As the world’s taste has shifted toward lightweight textures and micro-terroirs, Châteauneuf’s bold, appellation-wide cuvées aren’t exactly filling up the lists in the hipster wine bars of Lyon. So – it’s a good thing nobody’s ever accused us of being trendy…
To us, the rich, mouthfilling wines of the Rhône Valley’s iconic appellation can still be flat out delicious. (And they often don’t require a second mortgage like some Burgundies these days.) Christophe Mestre’s traditional, old-school Châteauneuf-du-Pape draws from old family plots across the appellation’s varied terroirs: galets roulés, sand, and clay-limestone.
Mestre’s 2019 Châteauneuf is humbly delicious – a blend of 50% grenache, 25% mourvèdre, 20% syrah, and 5% cinsault. The nose explodes with ripe strawberry fruit and a pleasant cool earthiness. The mouth is rich and ripe, with remarkable intensity and length for its price. Pour this at a tailgate this fall.
Mestre Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019
bottle price: $35
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