The largest and most important appellation in the southern Rhone, with more than 3,200 hectares of vineyards and over 80 growers, Chateauneuf-du-Pape produces more wine than the whole of the northern Rhone combined.
The gloriously rich red wines, redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, are enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several of the 14 permitted grape varieties. Only two wines are permitted in the appellation – a red and a white wine both composed of a blend of specified varietals.
Grenache is the principal varietal in the red wines produced. Grenache contributes warmth and strength and typically displays a wide spectrum of flavours while the other grape varieties like Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre add colour, depth, complexity and balance. Grenache vineyards dominate the vinous landscape in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. They do not look like your typical vineyards with well manicured rows of vines. Instead, they are old and gnarly “bush vines” standing like lonely sentinels. There are some very old vineyards where the vines can be up to 100 years of age – these vineyards produce small quantities of extaordinarily good fruit.
On offer this week is the 2014 Henry de Floret Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Picardin, Cinsault, Muscardin and Terret Noir. Grapes were hand-picked and sorted before commencing a 15 day fermentation. The wine was then transferred to barrel for aging before being lightly filtered and bottled. The freshness, minerality and acidity of the wine will pair nicely with a wide range of foods. This wine should be enjoyed now and over the next 3-4 years.
The 2014 Henry de Floret Chateauneuf-du-Pape is available for immediate delivery. This is a very reasonably priced Chateauneuf-du-Pape. I quite enjoyed this wine with a Brome Lake duck breast. To order, simply e-mail or call 416-463-4677.