Wine Advocate-Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France- ""It shows intense chocolate and stone fruit aromas and flavors, backed by starching tannins on the full-bodied palate and a long, mouthwatering finish."" (Barrel Score 92-94).
Châteauneuf-du-Pape – named for the castle built by Pope John XXII during his 14th-century residence in Avignon – is one of the most acclaimed wines of France. Produced in this small appellation in the Sôuthern Rhone, it is rich and full-bodied, most often made from the traditional red blend (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) and occasionally as a white blend. The most prized Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds are typically full-bodied, complex and rich with flavors of red fruits, spice and leather.