Cards of Wine

Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in south-east France.

Typical Flavors

Red Cherry
Red
Cherry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Black Currant
Black
Currant
Pepper
Pepper
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Spices
Spices
Leather
Leather
Tobacco
Tobacco

Red and Black Cherries and Red and Blue Berries are typical Châteauneuf-du-Pape flavors.

Hints of Pepper and Licorice are typical.

Profile

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is known for a perfect balance between fruit, tannins, and acidity:

BODYMedium Pluss
TANNINSMedium Pluss
FRUITMedium Pluss
ACIDITYMedium Pluss
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Tapas
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Pizza
Pizza
Soups
Cassoulets
Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game

Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines should be paired with rich flavors.

They pair perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian (Not Spicy).

They also love BBQ and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat.
Pizza. Hamburger.
Stews. Cassoulets. Goulash.
Sausages. Pepper Sauce.
Asian Marinated Dishes (Not Spicy).
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Game in Cherry Sauce.
Roast. BBQ. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey.
Duck. Roasted Duck with Plum.

Cheese:
Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda (Smoked). Pecorino. Asiago.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a very famous French red wine with a complex taste. It is a blend of many grape varieties, but the three dominant ones are Grenache (70%), Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

A French pope is a part of history of the wine. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the town of Avignon, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape means "The Pope's new castle".

AOC

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a French AOC wine (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) located around the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhône region of France.

It is one of the most renowned appellations in the world.

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

  • Côtes du Rhône South (Méridional)
  • Côtes du Rhône North (Septentrional)

France

Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.