Open Bottle Thursday!

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 04:00pm - 07:30pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free


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 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault

Meursault, Rhone Valley, France

Perfect for Thanksgiving

This pet project from Fran Kysela  did not get rated or reviewed ( too small a production).
It does however come from an outstanding vintage (see below)
and promises to be beautiful in the years to 
come or, if you are as inpatient as I am,
decant it an hour or two before enjoying!

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309,Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope"s new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vintage received - 
97 Points The Wine Spectator
“Ideal spring conditions were followed by warm, dry weather through July and then heavy rains in August.
Earlier-ripening Viognier and Syrah struggled a bit, while later-ripening Grenache and Mourvèdre excelled;
reds are rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit. In the style of 2009 and 2007, with better definition”


 Elsewhere at $48.00

Our Regular price $44.99

Special Sale Price  

$28.00 a bottle  
 $144.00 for six $24.00 )

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Our Thoughts on this wine.....

 A classic Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, medium-plus-bodied with meaty, wild herbs, earthy mushroom and pepper-spice flavors on the palate. Easy to love, yet still youthful and could easily spend more years in cellar. To drink now decant for an hour or open the bottle 2 hours before serving.  A perfect wine  for all types of classic meat dishes; veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, grilled dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge wines are also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

 A bit about Châteauneuf-du-Pape
The AOC for Chateauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhone Valley stretching from Orange to Avignon. Domaine Vieux Telegraphe was founded in 1895, and takes it name Vieux Telegraphe (Old Telegraph) from a rocky plateau of the Domaine where in 1792 Me. Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, installed a relay tower.
Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.
According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.
Only about 6-7% of wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is white. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.