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France: Rhone: Chateauneuf-du-Pape

What is Châteauneuf-du-Pape?
The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are the most famous of the southern Rhône Valley. They are produced in and around the town of the same name, the summer residence of the popes during their exile to Avignon in the 14th century. The reds are rich, ripe, and heady with full alcohol levels and chewy, rustic flavors. Red Châteauneuf can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, but the vast majority are Grenache-based with Syrah and Mourvedre in support. Generally, Châteauneuf can be consumed at or near release though the very finest examples will age gracefully for years. There are perhaps no wines that better illustrate the sunny Mediterranean climate of southern France.

Premier Producers
Beaucastel
Beaurenard (Cuvée Boisrenard)
Henri Bonneau
Benoit (La Truffière)
Bosquet des Papes (Chantemerle & Cuvée Grenache)
Les Cailloux
Chapoutier (Barbe Rac)
Clos du Mont-Olivet
Clos des Papes
Font de Michelle (Cuvée Etienne Gonnet)
La Gardine
La Janesse (Chaupin & Vieilles Vignes)
Marcoux
La Mordorée (Cuvee de la Reine de Bois)
La Nerthe (Cuvée des Cadettes)
Pegau
Roger Sabon
Vaudieu (Cuvée Préférence)
Le Vieux Donjon
Vieux Télégraphe


Great Producers
Lucien Barrot
Beaurenard
Benoit
Bois de Boursan
Bosquet des Papes
Charvin
Clos du Caillou
Clos St. Michel
Font de Michelle
Galet des Papes
Les Galets Blonds
La Janesse
La Nerthe
Rayas
La Roquette
St. Siffrein
Raymond Usseglio


Dependable Producers
Some producers placed in this third tier are new (or new to us) and may merit a higher placement in subsequent vintages. These producers are offset by an asterik.
Henry Bouachon (La Tiare du Pape)
Cabrières
Chante Cigale
Chante Perdix
Chapoutier (La Bernardine)
Diffonty
Duclaux
Fontavin
*Gigonan
*Grand Veneur
Guigal
*Gabriel Liogier
Jaboulet (Les Cèdres)
Mont Redon
La Mordorée
Père Anselme
Relagnes
Senechaux
Tardieu-Laurent
Vaudieu
Vieux Lazaret
Vieux Mas des Papes

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