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One of the world’s greatest white wines is also one of its least known. The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape generally cross a wine lover’s radar at some point, but even those who enjoy the vibrant Grenache-based reds are often unfamiliar with the region’s white wines. So proudly presenting here this beauty. An extremely seductive aromatic wine that makes you fall in love immediately. Match with full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, such as lobster. Damn delicious…
Fresh citrus notes, white peaches, apricots, honeysuckle and quince.
Rich and intense, a crisp mineral edge and a clean an voluminous finish.
Pictures from left to right: (1) The 4th generation: Pierre Fabre, Patrick Abeille, Jerome Abeille & Yann Fabre (2) The super stylish estate of Chateau Mont-Redon
Chateau Mont Redon
Established back in 1344, Château Mont-Redon is distinctly old-school; it is one of the oldest wine-producing estates in France, as well as one of the largest single property in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The estate includes 100 hectares of perfectly-sited vineyards in the appellation. They operate from a manual they call ‘ancient know-how.’ This involves hand selection of the fruit, a balanced blend of numerous varieties to highlight the aromatic qualities of the wines, sustained maceration to obtain the required depth and structure, and a refined barrel aging programme.
Mont-Redon has been in the Abeille/Fabre family since 1923, this striking domaine has ever since been very much a family affair; sons and cousins are charged with all aspects of the winery’s upkeep, from harvesting to export and sales; there is no let up for an estate that boasts close to 200 hectares. It’s hard to image that Mont-Redon once started out with a relatively tiny 2.5 hectare plot…
Style: Full bodied, rich dry white
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: AOP Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape: 55% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc,
10% Roussanne, 5% Picpoul
Bottle size: 0,75L
Closure: Natural cork
Drink by: 2020
Rhône | France
The Rhône Valley is one of the most historic and prolific wine regions in France. As a whole, it runs the course of the Rhône River from just south of the Beaujolais region in Burgundy all the way down to just north of the Mediterranean Sea, where it intersects with the regions of Provence to the southeast and Languedoc to the southwest.
Although the Rhône is considered one wine region, it can effectively be split into two distinct parts based on climate and grape varieties used. The steep slopes of the northern Rhône Valley account for just 5 percent of the region’s total wine production, while the southern Rhône Valley produces the vast majority.
The Northern Rhône Valley is dwarfed by its neighbor to the south in terms of sheer size of production. Defined growing areas are typically much smaller in the north, and a substantial number of the region’s better vineyards are planted on steep, terraced granite hillsides rising sharply from the river valley below. While the Southern Rhône Valley enjoys a fully Mediterranean climate, the Northern Rhône Valley experiences a more continental climate marked by drastic seasonal changes and a shorter growing season. Nonetheless, it still bears a warmer climate than Bordeaux or Burgundy, and the region’s winegrowers can successfully cultivate the indigenous Syrah grape. All Northern Rhône reds are produced from Syrah; however, some appellations allow a small percentage of white grapes to be included in the cuvée.
As the Rhône river passes Montélimar, the valley flattens and widens. The Southern Rhône Valley is windswept, arid, and warm; it is covered with large swaths of vineyard and garrigue; a Mediterranean scrub of lavender, rosemary, thyme, and other shrubbery. The Southern Rhône Valley produces nearly 95% of the entire region’s wines, and nearly all of it is red. Blends are common, and Grenache is usually the dominant component. Basic examples of the style are produced as Côtes du Rhône AOC, the region’s largest appellation.
The one thing that the north and south ends of the Rhône do share is le mistral, the legendary wind that blows in the summer and winter. While the mistral may challenge the mental stability of the region’s winemakers, it’s been a boon to them as well; it brings (mostly) sunshine and helps keep the vines free of disease.
Ask anybody to name some famous names in the wine world and at least half of them will say ‘Chateauneuf-du-Pape’. Chateauneuf-du-Pape -which means “new castle of the Pope” and is situated in France’s Rhône Valley- got its name when its capital city of Avignon became the new home of the Pope in the 14th century. During this time, just before the Great Schism, seven Popes, all French, chose to live in France rather than Italy. (Pope Gregory XI, though French, decided to return to Rome. He came to a bad end.)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is both a town and a wine region, and while the former is small, the latter is quite large. Both are located within the southern Rhône Valley, though they are geographically part of Provence. Accordingly, the climate is mild, unlike the valley’s northern end. And unlike the cool northern Rhône, where the Syrah grape is the star, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the softer, lusher Grenache is featured, most often as part of a blend. Indeed, Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers can legally blend up to 13 grapes, including Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsaut and six white varieties, making it the most-blended great wine in the world. Also white ‘Chateaneuf’s’ are produced, that can be of a very good quality.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape became the first appellation of France.