Châteauneuf du Pape
"The charismatic mayor of Chateauneuf du Pape, Jean-Pierre Boisson, bottles early and makes some of the most delicious and alluring wines of the appellation. They are not meant for long-term aging, but rather to be drunk in their first 5-8 years of life."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
- Bottle £21.50
- Bottle Case £258.00
‘The old-vine cuvée has a darker ruby/purple color and offers a gorgeous concoction of lush black cherries, raspberries, and loamy soil notes with some Provencal herbs and licorice. It is full-bodied, fleshy, and totally seductive and voluptuous. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.’
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
- Bottle £26.75
- Bottle Case £321.00
"The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is similar in style to their 1999 but with more power. A cedary, sweet bouquet of herbes de Provence, roasted meats, kirsch liqueur, resiny notes, and perhaps incense as well, jumps from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fragrant, savory style of wine. Its tannins are present and persistent but sweet and well-integrated. The wine reveals outstanding concentration, purity, and plenty of Provencal typicity. It should drink well for 10-15 years."
- Bottle £33.00
- Bottle Case £396.00
With subtle aromas of white peaches, acacia flower and apricots, this wine is medium-bodied and crisp with a long, powerful finish.
This refreshingly oak-free white Châteauneuf’ is one of the best around!
- Bottle £18.95
- Bottle Case £227.40
This terrific Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, from a world-renowned estate, is made from a blend of Clairette and Roussanne - it has a fragrant, citrus bouquet and supple, stone fruit palate.
- Bottle £33.00
- Bottle Case £396.00
"Looking at the reds and perfumed and beautifully Provencal, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape has rocking aromatics of kirsch liqueur, lavender, garrigue, licorice and saddle leather to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile. I'd like to see more mid-palate here, but this is all about up-front fruit. Filling in nicely with air (tasted twice from multiple bottles), it should be enjoyed over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021." 91/100.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2013.
- Bottle £32.00
- Bottle Case £384.00
"The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals the vintage’s peppery, earthy spiciness along with notes of forest floor, root vegetables, black cherries, and meat. This rich, medium to full-bodied effort possesses moderately soft tannin as well as good body, depth, and richness. It is a strong effort that should age nicely for 15+ years." RP91. Drink 2008-2023.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate.
- Bottle £35.00
- Bottle Case £420.00
Châteauneuf du Pape Wine
La Mère Germaine restaurant, at number 3 rue de Commandant Lemaitre
in the centre of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, was a favourite of the late, great Elizabeth David who admired its authentic tapenade among other dishes. Happily it is still going strong and is popular with local vignerons
because its extensive carte des vins
features many of their wines which marry well with the mouth-watering Mediterranean menu. Our visits are less frequent than you might imagine, as both the Boissons and the Michels are excellent cooks and hosts so we seldom lure them out for an ‘away’ fixture. Still,there is something reassuring about eating in an establishment that you first visited as a child – long may it continue to prosper.
The Michel family of Le Vieux Donjon, "one of the great unheralded estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape"
according to Robert Parker, have recently relocated their HQ from the centre of town to smart new premises on the route de Courthézon, so are now faced with a 5 minute walk to La Mère Germaine
, rather than a half-minute amble but at least that is offsetting a few calories.