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From vines were planted in 1899 made from 100% Grenache from a tiny parcel with sandy soil in La Crau. Miniscule yields.
"The truly stunning 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds de l'Armand offers a classic concoction of flowers, blueberry, black raspberry, and cherries intermixed with some cedar and underbrush. Deep ruby/purple in color with full body, powerful tannins, and sweet mid-section and length, this is a terrific 2005 that will need 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades."-Wine Advocate 92-94
"Inky ruby. Exotic oak notes and vanilla accent ripe cherry and red berry fruit aromas. Very sweet, ripe kirsch and strawberry preserve flavors are framed by firm tannins and joined on the back by spicy oak tones. This appears to have ample fruit to carry its substantial oak component."-International Wine Cellar 90-93
Before 2007 there was only one brasserie in the centre of Chateauneuf du Pape, La Mule du Pape. In 2007 Olivier Hillaire has purchaced the boulangerie on the other site of the street and runs here another brasserie. At lunch time you can meet him here serving the guests with the same engagement as he shows talking about his wines.
As Hillaire doesn't have his own cellars yet, his wines are aged in a big building in Sorgues former used to store apples. Several producers use this place, among them Henri Bonneau and André Brunel
(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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