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2012 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines, 1.5ltr

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RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

...polished, medium to full-bodied effort that has superb concentration, lots of tannin, and a ripe, textured feel...plenty of black raspberry, toasted spice, creamy licorice and hints of violets...

93Wine Enthusiast

Cinnamon and clove join plum and licorice in this full-bodied, velvety wine. It's powerful and rich, with a long finish.

92Vinous / IWC

Expressive red and dark berry aromas are complicated by nuances of spicecake, anise and candied flowers. Juicy, focused and pure on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that firm up slowly with air. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which lingers with echoing floral and berry skin notes.

16Jancis Robinson

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.