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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape boasts a prestigious history. A famous wine region in Rhône Valley, South of France, which is primarily known for producing high-quality full-bodied red wine.

Dive into the world of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, mainly full-bodied reds boasting rich flavours. With plentiful sun and dry climates spanning thousands of acres in this region, the ideal conditions contribute to the production of a rich, robust red grape.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape commands respect due to its long history of producing exceptional wines. 

Syrah, the dominant red grape in the Northern Rhône Valley wine region, is known for producing high-quality, age-worthy wines. These red grapes can be more expensive to grow and require longer ageing in oak barrels before release, contributing to the cost.

To unlock their full potential, many Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds benefit from ageing between 5-10 years. This allows the bold flavours such as dark fruit and spice to develop further, creating a more complex drinking experience.

Due to its full body profile, it craves bold partners to be paired with. This includes rich cheeses, roasted red meats such as lamb or venison, and hearty stews. If it is a lighter-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it pairs nicely alongside grilled chicken.

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What kind of wine is Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

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Predominantly, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a know as a high quality red wine. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and a few other permitted grapes contribute to its full-bodied character with notes of spice, dark fruit, and herbs. White and rosé grapes are grown and produced but in much smaller quantities.

What foods pair well with Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

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Due to its bold character, Châteauneuf-du-Pape pairs well with robust dishes such as hearty stews, roasted red meats, rich mushroom variations, and full-flavoured cheeses. Explore the region's specialties like Daube de Provence (beef stew) for a perfect Rhône Valley pairing!

Is Châteauneuf-du-Pape always expensive?

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The Rhône Valley offers a range of wines with excellent options for everyday enjoyment alongside the prestigious and expensive wines. Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines can be expensive, but he Southern Rhône, known for Grenache-based reds, generally tends to offer more affordable options compared to the Northern Rhône. Explore lesser-known appellations within the Rhône Valley or consider younger vintages from esteemed producers for a taste of the region without breaking the bank.

What are some interesting facts about Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

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The name itself translates to "New Pope's Castle," referencing a 14th-century pope who resided there and championed the region's wines. Additionally, Châteauneuf-du-Pape boasts one of the strictest sets of wine production regulations in France, ensuring quality and a unique character.

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