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.
- Half Bottle £11.00
- Half Bottle Case £264.00
"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 £32.00
- Bottle Case £384.00
"The 2006 Châteauneuf du Pape is forward and ready to go, with plenty of kirsch, blackberry, garrigue and cured meat aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. Full-bodied and nicely concentrated, it's a classic, elegant and complex red that can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or longer. As is common with a lot of 2006s, it has a traditional feel, yet offers solid fruit and texture". 94/100 Jeb Dunnock, Wine Advocate, Oct 2014
- Bottle £35.00
- Bottle Case £420.00
"the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful Provençal flair in its garrigue, dried flowers, pepper and sweet berry fruit. Possessing more mid-palate depth than I remember, as well as good length, it's a perfumed, charming and medium-bodied effort to drink over the coming 4-5 years." Drink 2014-2020, 88/100, Jeb Dunnock – www.eroberparker.com
- Bottle £21.50
- Bottle Case £258.00
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
"A step up, the old vine 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes has beautiful blackberry fruit, new leather, pepper and crushed stone-like minerality emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, fresh and pure, with fine tannin and good length, it has outstanding potential and should have a decade or more of longevity."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate - October 2013.
- Bottle £26.75
- Bottle Case £321.00
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 £18.95
- Bottle Case £227.40
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.