chateauneuf du pape- holiday specials – October 2011

Another Holliday

’tis the season,

to enjoy friends, family, festive food, finest wine,

and to save money…

The wines of the South Rhone fit the Holiday Season very well, and the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape are the undisputed best among them. We were thrilled to have an opportunity to bring some of the best to you at the undisputed best prices in the USA.  Check them out:

Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2006 $39 case of 12– $399 Wine Spectator 95 points “Supertight and pure, with blanched almond, star fruit, acacia and lemon verbena notes all gliding along a bright, minerally frame. Lingering hints of orange blossom, honeysuckle and lime add further complexity. Should age beautifully. Drink now through 2017”

Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape ‘Tradition’ 2006 $21.90  Case of 12-$239 Wine Spectator 89 points “This offers a beam of plum, red currant, licorice and sweet spice flavors, with slightly firm but rounded tannins. Drink now through 2018”  

Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape ‘Sixtine Reserve’ 2006 $33 Case of 12 : $359 Wine Spectator 93 points “This is dark and reticent for now, but also pure and loaded with a big core of plum and blackberry fruit, mocha, graphite, licorice and fig cake notes. The long, velvety finish just sails along, with latent grip in reserve. Best from 2009 through 2028”

Olivier Hillaire Chateaneuf du Pape Les Petites Pieds d’Armand 2008 $39 Case of 12 : $399 Wine Spectator 93 points “A very stylish, perfumy version, with alluring incense and black tea aromas giving way to a silky palate loaded with kirsch, pepper, shiso leaf and lingering plum skin notes. The long finish lets a hint of anise check in. Best from 2011 through 2022”  

Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2006 375ml $19 Wine Spectator 93 points deftly.” This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage. Drink now through 2021″

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