Paul Jourdan, Cuvée Papale Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France 2018



A very good example of this iconic wine made from selected parcels of Grenache and Syrah vines. Made by the famous and extremely talented winemaking family of Domaine Chante Cigale and blended by Alex Favier, one of the region’s best winemakers, this is an archetypal and rustic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The free draining soils are strewn with the famous galets roulés – large, round pebbles covering the soil. The Galets act like night storage heaters, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a warm microclimate around the vines. This enables the grapes to really ripen and create wines full of flavour intensity, complexity and bags of Mediterranean style.

Showing lovely ripe, spiced, black fruit characters with oodles of white pepper and a velvety, warm finish.

Hearty dishes such venison casserole or coq-au-vin, griddled steak or roast beef would be perfect but also works well with an oozingly ripe cheese.

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