Dom. du Pere Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau de Ma Mère 2005
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Comes from a selection of very old vines located on the "Crau". One of the plots was planted after the phylloxera outbreak of 1866. The owners' father named the wine in memory of his mother. Until the 2003 vintage, this cuvée was a blend of 80 % Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Since the 2004 and 2005 vintages more Mourvèdre have been used, up to 20%, from younger vines. This cuvée is aged in new foudres for 12-18 months.
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and primal, with pure red cherry, plum, sweet tobacco and garrigue notes braced by a taut, stony undertow. There's solid grip and depth on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made."
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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.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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4 ratings, 2 with reviews59/13/2012Excellent- especially for the price.41/11/2012
henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL41/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Excellent , drinks lighter then others I tried from this region. Great choice for pork, cream pastas
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Pork > Mushroom