Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the most prestigious appellations in the southern Rhône region. The wine growers from this region were the first to set themselves yield restrictions and quality standards and were therefore the first to receive an 'Appelation Controlée' (on May 15, 1936). The vineyard currently covers approximately 3,200 hectares, scattered over 5 councils: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange and Sorgues. The terroir is covered with blond, rounded stones, also called boulders (galets roulés blonds), which absorb the heat during the day and release it to the vineyard at night. In addition, they also retain water. But there is more: the climate is very dry (the driest in the entire Rhône region), warm and there is an influence of the Mediterranean Sea. And we shouldn't forget the famous mistral wind either! This is very good for keeping the vineyard dry and to keep it away from diseases, but it can also cause damage sometimes.
Another characteristic of the wines is that they can be composed of 13 (8 blue and 5 white) dif-ferent grapes. Each gives its own character to the wine, making the whole thing different and interesting every time, from domain to domain. The red wines (93% of the production) are very intensely colored, powerful, fresh, long and spicy.
The white wines (7% of the production) are very aromatic (flowers, pears, grapefruit, anise) and go very well with fish, poultry, scallops and lobster or with cheese. They are relatively rare, due to the small production, but are very tasty.
Our selection from the appellation:
- Clos des Papes:
Without a doubt, one of the 10 best Châteauneufs of the appellation. Paul-Vincent Avril produces a perfect Châteauneuf, year after year, with the greatest refinement and without losing on concen-tration and depth!
Given the success of the wine, it’s always sold out ‘in primeur’. You can now sign in on the new top vintage 2019. If you do so, you will benefit from a pre-subscription discount that guarantees you to obtain the wine. Delivery is planned for June 2021.
- Dom. De la Mordorée:
This family property was created in 1986 by Francis and Christophe Delorme and groups approximately 58 ha of vineyards, divided over 38 plots and 8 councils. Over a period of 30 years, Christophe Delorme brought the domain in terms of quality to the highest spheres within the appellation. Unfortunately, he passed away at a young age. However, his work continues.
Parker described their Tavel (rosé) in the top two of the appellation, and as 'difficult to find bet-ter'. Today it is Madeleine Delorme and Christophe's daughter Amber who continue the lifework with the same philosophy. Since 2013, all wines are ‘bio’ certified. The domain produces magnif-icent wines in Lirac (red and white), Tavel (rosé), highly concentrated Côtes du Rhône (red) and two cuvées Châteauneuf.
You can also order these wines from the new top millésime 2019 ‘in primeur’ with a 5% pre-subscription discount!