Châteauneuf-du-Pape is synonymous with the Grenache grape. The vineyards of this southern Rhône region are primarily devoted to Grenache, with lesser amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre (which account for the last 15% of this blend). Although eighteen varietals are permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache's dominance comes naturally in this region and produces ripe, full-bodied, and strong wines.
A wine that is exclusive to WineCollective members and highly rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate at 94 points, "A standout in my blind tastings, the 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape comes from a domaine heretofore unreviewed by this publication... Subtle hints of cinnamon, clove and leather accent cherry fruit in this full-bodied, expansive, velvety wine. It's mouth coating and long on the finish, picking up lingering notes of garrigue and dried spices. Based on this effort, the brother-sister team of Frédéric and Caroline Charrier will be worthy of a second look when I'm next in the region."
Cortedune is a family owned estate, whose grape production until 1998, was sold to the local cooperative. Today, the third generation produce wines under their own label. The property in Châteauneuf-du-Pape covers a mere 8 acres, with an average age of 90 years. These old vines tell a great story, and produce wines exploding with French character - full of earth, spice and rustic appeal. This wine is impeccable today, but will serve you well into 2026. Serve at 18 C.
Red plum colouring, medium opacity at its core, with lighter edges showing some red barn or garnet.
Perfumed with spice, clay and rustic herbaceousness, folded neatly together with cranberry, currant and apple. This is the type of wine that will evolve in your glass, showing different layers with each sniff. The initial offering is savoury with hints of spice, playing between sun-dried tomato, pink peppercorns and earth. With some time, it opens up and offers a notes that remind us of Christmas in a glass!
A wine that packs a punch, but follows with a sweet kiss! There is a strong level of acidity that starts at first sip and slides through the palate, causing our mouths to salivate, from the tip of our tongue to long after the finish. The tannins are mild and drying, giving a light tingly sensation. We are happy that the cran-apple and red plum flavours are not over powered by the savoury charm, but accented just perfectly with peppercorn, rosemary, clove, cedar, and a slight essence of floral and minerality.
We could explore this wine all day long on its own, because it is just that much fun! But it is exceptionally built for the perfect pairing — anything from herb crusted lamb chops, eggplant parmesan, or steak frites.
Columbia Valley, Washington
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