Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
is the May, 2006 Featured Wine for the Wines
by Jennifer Cellar Club:
Chateau de la Gardine
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France
Chateau was originally owned by the Catholic Church
and dates back to the 15th Century.
The Chateau is comprised of 173 acres, of which 113
are devoted to the vineyards. This wine is a blend
of Grenache, Mourvèdre,
Syrah, Cinsault and Muscardin. An unusual aspect of
Chateau de la Gardine is its use of Muscardin, which
is a low-yield variety producing an aromatic wine with
a low alcohol. This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is opulent
and powerful, with fleshy ripe cherry & redcurrant,
and subtle notes of mocha and spice. Great purity.
Pairs well with red meats (grilled, roasted or in
sauces), any fowl (duck, lamb), spicy foods, and almost
Serve at room temperature, 65F.
Rhône Valley of France consists of two fairly
distinct viticultural regions. To the north Syrah
is the dominant
grape, whereas to the south it frequently plays second
fiddle to other varieties, such as Grenache or Mourvèdre.
Separating north from south is a large expanse of
land, where vineyards are few and far between.
Undoubtedly the lead appellation of the Southern Rhône,
Châteauneuf du Pape is named for the papal palace
that was once situated in the centre of the town. This
was essentially a summer home for the Pope, who in
the 14th century was based in nearby Avignon. The palace
survived until the 1940's, when it was destroyed in
the Second World War. The imposing ruins exist to this
day, standing tall over the rest of the town. Châteauneuf
du Pape is also famous for being the home of Baron
Le Roy, owner of Château Fortia, and founder
of the appellation contrôlée system which
defines much of the vineyard areas in France. The red
wine itself may be a blend of up to thirteen different
grape varieties, although in practice many of the top
wines use only three or four.