The Rhone Valley is a richly diverse wine region. Segregated into North and South, the wines are quite different, the Northern Rhone wines dominated by the Syrah and Viognier grape varieties, producing the dark structured long lived reds of Cote Rotie and Hermitage. The wines further South, are much less monolithic, epitomised by Chateauneuf du Pape where up-to thirteen grape varieties are blended to create these great wines.
Coming up to its 40th birthday, this venerable Chateauneuf du Pape is still very drinkable! Plenty of fruit and a pinch of earthy spice, smooth and powerful. Enjoy!