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The Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard covers 7,500 acres between Avignon and Orange in the southern part of the Rhône Valley. Endowed with poor soil and a Mediterranean climate of sunshine and heat, it is an ideal region for producing very full-flavored wines. Although 13 grape varieties are allowed, the principal one is Grenache, followed by Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.
The autumn and winter months were characterized by mild temperatures and a lack of rain. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards were not affected by the frost of April 14th and flowering, followed by the setting of the grapes, took place under the best possible conditions. Heat, sun and relative drought conditions (especially in August) dominated during the vine's growing cycle. 1998 will be remembered as a great vintage for Syrah which has resulted in rich, strong and complex wines. On the other hand the vintage was more difficult with irregular quality for Grenache because of high yields.
The greatest difficulty of the year was to manage the excessive yield of the Grenache which led to problems of color dilution in spite of the high potential alcohol level. Winemaker Guy Sarton du Jonchay used the technique of vinifying the Grenache together with the Syrah, which had reached a very high level of concentration because of low yields. This process enabled the Grenache to take on color and substance. This wine bears the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation controlee crest on the bottle and was bottled at the estate in the region where the grapes were grown.
Intense purple hue. Rich and aromatic, typical of Grenache, with a nose of ripe fruit (nectarines) and flowers (violets). Fat and full-bodied in the mouth with velvety tannins and a finish dominated by fruit and spices.
The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century.
Very quickly, his...Read More About Barton & Guestier
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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