Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2012

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2012

    "The straight 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic effort that’s 80% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre. Completely destemmed and aged in foudre and concrete, it gives up plenty of Provençal garrigue, peppery spice, leather and sweet red and black fruits. Medium-bodied, classy and even elegant, it will evolve gracefully for over a decade." Drink 2015-2022, 89/100, Jeb Dunnock – www.eroberparker.com

    • Bottle £21.95
    • Bottle Case £263.40
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2010

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Rouge 2010

    "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.

    • Magnum £53.00
    • Magnum Case £318.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2012

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2012

    "A classic wine from this estate, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful kirsch, roasted meat, ground pepper and assorted wild herbs and lavender aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and a tight, structured and nicely concentrated palate. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2024." 92/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2014.

    • Half Bottle £16.50
    • Half Bottle Case £396.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Rouge 2011

    "It's a forward, supple and sweetly fruited effort that offers up loads of kirsch, garrigue, licorice and pepper on the nose. Playing in the medium-bodied, elegant spectrum, it will evolve nicely for 7-8 years." 91/100. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - Oct 2014.

    • Bottle £32.25
    • Bottle Case £387.00
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2013

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Le Vieux Donjon Blanc 2013

    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
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2012

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2012

    "Even better than the classic cuvée, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was aged in equal parts foudre and concrete tank. It’s is a ripe, muscular effort that has plenty of black raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted bread and licorice. Impressive on all accounts, enjoy this medium to full-bodied, rounded, textured and classic Châteauneuf du Pape over the coming decade." 91/100, Drink 2015-2025 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate - October 2014

    • Bottle £26.95
    • Bottle Case £323.40
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  • Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2013

    Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche Blanc 2013

    Rare white Chateauneuf-du-Pape represents less than 5% of the AOC production and this refreshingly oak-free example is one of the best around!

    • Bottle £19.50
    • Bottle Case £234.00
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Châteauneuf du Pape wines

Châteauneu-du-Pape Wine

Due to poor flowering in the Spring, particularly for Grenache, which is by far the most prolific of the 13 permitted grape varieties, Châteauneuf-du-Pape experienced a lamentably small harvest in 2013, with volumes down by up to 50% on some estates. Happily the grapes that were picked were in excellent condition, as is often the case when yields are severely depleted. Qualitatively, this continued a remarkable vintage run in the 21st century. With 2014 seeing a significantly larger harvest of good quality fruit, we have to go all the way back to the rain-plagued 2002 vintage to find a real stinker, but boy, was that a bad year – many growers didn't deign to bottle anything at all, selling their entire output in bulk to négociants.

At Domaine du Père Caboche, Emilie Boisson has her hands full, juggling motherhood and the running of a large estate. Her baby Jean was born the day after the harvest started in 2013 but she was back in action manning a stand at the Vinisud wine fair in Montpellier the following March. The Boisson family are renowned for making readily accessible, high quality Châteauneuf' that a certain Mr Parker of Maryland finds 'sexy', 'seductive', 'upfront' and 'some of the most delicious and alluring wines of the appellation'. Their principal wine in volumes terms, called simply 'Domaine du Père Caboche', comes from a base of 60% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre and a smattering of lesser varieties. It has appealing ripe garrigue berry scents and a silky, sensuous palate of concentrated red fruit over a background of supple tannins. It drinks very well from release and partners red meat or wild mushroom dishes to perfection. An 'old vine' bottling is named after a medieval ancestor 'Elisabeth Chambellan'. It deploys the same cépagement but from mature root-stock on the famous La Crau plateau. It has much the same fruit-forward appeal as its sibling but has a little more depth, complexity and longevity. Also worthy of attention is the Boissons' excellent white Châteauneuf'. It is made from an alluring ensemble of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul in descending proportions and has lovely white stone fruit scents and flavours and luscious, un-oaked palate with a long, dry elegant finish.

A short hop further down the route de Carcassonne, at Le Vieux Donjon, the Michel family is equally wellknown for crafting wines of character and quality. They are unusual in the region as they produce only one cuvée of red wine, which means that all of their best fruit is deployed in the main blend. Their exemplary red Châteauneuf' is always amongst the elite of the top critics' and connoisseurs' favourite wines and is fraction of the price of some 'prestige' bottlings. Superior vintages will age well for up to two decades and always merit decanting. They too make a great white Châteauneuf' from a blend of Clairette and Roussanne. It has subtle citrus and wild flower scents and a ripe rounded palate of apricots and white peaches. It doesn't demand food accompaniment but fish and chicken dishes would be apt.