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2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse

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ITEM 8465361 - Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8502710 3 $45 Oct 30, 2022
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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...a Rayas-like perfume of sweet red cherries, currants, white pepper, spring flowers and underbrush. Fermented with 100% whole-cluster and aged all in neutral, larger barrels, this medium to full-bodied, dense and beautifully textured effort is superb...

92Vinous / IWC

Heady, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, Asian spices, potpourri and white pepper, accented by a vibrant mineral topnote. Palate-staining juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors pick up notes of star anise and cinnamon with aeration. Fine-grained tannins sneak up on the finish, which strongly echoes the red fruit and spice elements.

91Wine Spectator

A juicy style, with bergamot, red currant, blood orange and raspberry coulis flavors, backed by fresh acidity. A lovely tobacco leaf note stitches up the finish. Shows good range and energy.

90-93Jeb Dunnuck

...upfront and perfumed aromatically, with loads of underbrush, stem, and spring flower-like qualities flowing to a medium to full-bodied, supple, and polished palate...

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.