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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is white wine. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

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  • Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Cuvee Unique (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Cuvee Unique (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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      • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
        Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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        Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Telegramme (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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        • Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
          Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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        • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
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