Dom. du Galet des Papes Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

Price: $44.99
Item No. 87848
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

The gnarled and arthritic looking Vieilles Vignes parcel has seen some 100 vintages, and consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah.

Mayard's wines are superb expressions of a disappearing style. Slightly gamey, herbes de Provence and freshly ground white pepper notes mingle with dried cherry and cranberry aromas. Velvety, supple, and deceptively rich in texture, the wines have a meatiness and depth but with complete elegance and finesse. They are long, almost sweet in the finish, without agressive tannins or stemminess. The higher percentage of Mourvedre gives it a brooding, gamey-rich, animal quality, but without a trace of rusticity.

Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(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...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

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...

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