About This Wine
"Explosive berrys blackberry, pepper, cinnamon, black currant, black fruit, red fruit, lots of raisins, plum, black plum, blueberry, raspberry, Strawberry."
Impenetrable midnight black core with a deep dark purple hue. Potent black cherry top notes waft out the glass with black raspberry, dark plum and liquorice scents in hot pursuit. Provincial herbs, traces of incense, light scorched earth, some meatiness and spice are also evident. Incredibly rich and powerful, the palate captures the intensity and freshness of the vintage brilliantly. A tidal wave of succulent ripe black cherry, black raspberry, dark plum and liquorice fruit cascades through the mouth leaving in its wake background elements of incense, scorched earth, provincial herbs, dried meats and spicy pepper. Ripe, rippling tannins impart a slight chewiness and give the wine its muscle. Prodigious length with an enthralling black fruit soaked finish.
|Appellation||Chateauneuf du Pape|
|Brand||Clos des Papes|
Wines of Rhone Valley
The Rhone wine region is situation in the south of France in the Rhone Valley. The region is split into north and south with distinctively different winemaking styles. In the north, the main grape used is Syrah and is sometimes blended with white varietals. In the south however, reds are a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. You may be familiar with this sort of blend; in Australia it is labelled GSM.
Wines are produced under various Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The most prestigious of which is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You may also have heard of other AOC names such as Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, St Joseph. Wines coming from these and other AOCs are all on the higher end of the market.
On the value end we have wines produced in Cotes-du-Rhone AOC. Cotes-du-Rhone often refers to wines made in the Rhone Valley that do not fall under any other AOC, often from the flatter areas around Southern Rhone. However, it also does include the fringes of well-respected northern appellations as well. In terms of volume, a majority of Rhone wine falls under the Cotes-du-Rhone AOC and it offers some of the best value in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds.
Full-bodied and flavourful white wine blends are also made in the region. These are typically a combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
Decanter – Paul and Vincent Avril, a father and son team, have established themselves as one of the finest producers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Despite being predominantly Grenache, it is reminiscent of an elegant northern Rhône Syrah with the texture of a Pinot. With a medium bodied intensity, it has a beautiful red fruit expression with some savoury notes. Harmony, finesse and elegance are probably the three words that best describe this beauty. One for the cellar.