Jeb Dunnuck-Rhone, France- ""...the 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is incredibly classic, with black and blue fruits, tons of pepper and crushed rock-like minerality, full-bodied richness, and sweet tannin. It's a ripe, sexy wine that pushes the envelope yet holds it together.""
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.