Top Picks: Chateauneuf-du-Pape

The Domaine Durieu is a lovely blend of Grenache, mixed with Syrah and Mourvedre. It is one of the finest examples of a Red Southern Rhone Blend.

The village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is located in the southern Rhone Valley, between Orange and Avignon. The bold red wines of this region are legendary. The southern Rhone grape varieties of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre create a distinctive regional blend that has been sought after by wine lovers for centuries.

The sandy and pebbly soil gives the grapes just the right base from which grow the full flavours that are the region’s trademark.

The Domaine Durieu was created in 1976 by Paul Durieu when his mother, Lucile Avril, gave him a few hectares of vines. He has continued to grow the estate since then.

The 2012 Chateuneuf-du-Pape is 80% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, and 8% Syrah. This is the blend that Domaine Durieu has used for years. The 2012 vintage was particularly wonderful due to the weather of the years before.

As the years go by, there will be fewer and fewer bottles. Now may be the final chance to taste this extraordinary wine.

In a nutshell

  • Colour: Red Wine

  • Grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre

  • Style: Powerful Reds

  • Closure: Natural Cork

  • Flavours: Bramble, Vanilla, Spice

  • Great with: Beef, Cheese, Lamb

  • Country: France

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