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2020 La Cabotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

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May 19, 2024 - $30



92The Wine Advocate

...ample purity, with hints of green herbs (stems?) against a backdrop of black cherries and red raspberries. Full-bodied, supple and velvety on the finish, it's a head-turning charmer.

90Jeb Dunnuck

...outstanding, revealing a great nose of darker, almost blue fruits as well as licorice and peppery herbs, with lots of ripe Grenache character. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it’s nicely balanced, has good mid-palate density, and ripe tannins...

16.5Jancis Robinson

Very restrained. Full-bodied, complex, intriguing mineral, savoury edge. Has a lovely purity of fruit allied with floral notes. Voluptuous on the palate. Fine line of acidity and refined mineral edge to finish. Lovely, restrained Châteauneuf.


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.