30 Mar $30 Chateauneuf du Pape!
$30 Chateauneuf du Pape
Taste it Saturday!
A Chateauneuf-du-Pape for $30? Yes, and you can sample it this Saturday as we break down the Rhone Valley from north to south. We’ll be tasting six….SIX!!… different appellations, breaking down grape selection, soil, maps, and history…a true crash course on one of the world’s best wine regions!
In 1308, Pope Clement V relocated the papacy to the town of Avignon. Clement V was succeeded by John XXII who did much to improve viticultural practices there. Under John XXII, the wines of this area came to be known as “Vin du Pape,” this term later to become Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
2012 Maison Berthaude Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone
On Sale $29.99
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah, and the rest Carignan and Cinsault: 45% of the blend is vinified in stainless steel, the remaining split between new, one, and two year old barrels. Flavors of black currant jam on toasted brioche with “garrigue,” olive and stones are followed by a long, structured finish.
2013 Domaine Rosiers Cote Rotie Drevon, Northern Rhone
On Sale $49.99
Domaine de Rosiers is located in the heart of Ampuis and is owned and managed by young Maxime Gourdain who has recently taken over the domaine from his uncle Louis Drevon. A blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier. 100% barrel fermented in 25% new oak for 18 months. Tastes of plums with bright acidity; loaded with grilled and smoked meats, graphite; velvety texture; a loud wine with purpose.
2014 Domaine Rosiers Condrieu, Northern Rhone
On Sale $49.99
The grapes for this lovely white come from just a half acre in Condrieu, home of the Viognier grape. Average vine age is a respectable 30 years old, all planted in Condrieu’s famous granite soil. Less than 1,200 BOTTLES made, this wine has intense honeysuckle, white peach and lychee aromas and flavors, complimenting a powerful mineral tone.
2012 Domanine Montirius Gigondas “Terres des Ainees,” Southern Rhone
On Sale $29.99
This bio-dynamic blend of 80% Grenache (from 85 year old vines!) and 20% Mourvedre has a lovely, deep, dark color with hints of licorice, violets, and black fruits on the nose and palate. It is aged in cement for two years, avoiding any wood contact, allowing the dynamic fruit to stand on it’s own. Located northeast of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the village of Gigondas is one of the best three villages in the south (along with Chateauneuf-du -Pape and Vacqueyras).
2012 Domaine Montirius Vacqueyras “Garrigues,” Southern Rhone
On Sale $24.99
This blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah comes from vines averaging 65 years old. “Garrigue” is a Rhône winemaker’s term for the local plant life that surrounds the vineyards in this region. It’s a mix of rosemary, sage, violets and lavender. The wines will classically display these earthy aromatics to balance the dark red, ripe fruit. This is a deep red wine. On the nose an explosion of red fruits, and in the mouth, a lovely tannic structure, aromas of the garrigues and underwood.
2014 Domaine de Mongillon Cotes du Rhone Villages, France
On Sale $11.99…Lowest price in the country!!!
Visan which enjoys one of the higher vineyard altitudes in the Côtes du Rhône. The wines from Visan’s windswept vineyards are generally described as lively and fresh, presenting full ripeness and great balance. Delectable cherry notes with hints of herbes de Provence, this wine shows good structure and is not at all heavy… an easy-drinking wine vinified in stainless steel and cement tanks to retain its fresh and fruity character.