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Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2011 Domaine de la Biscarelle

Matthew Jukes in Moneyweek on 
2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la Biscarelle, Southern Rhône, France  (£22.30)
posted on November 16, 2014 in  MoneyWeek

Which French appellation do you think is the most disappointing? My vote would unreservedly go to Châteauneuf. Admittedly there are a handful of stellar producers there, and a few dozen decent wineries following on their heels, but the oceans of dross labelled with these three heavyweight words is frankly terrifying. On the whole, I would implore you to avoid supermarket Châteauneuf. Why drink the dregs of this historic region for £12 to £18 when you can spend far less for a superbly balanced and evocative Côtes-du-Rhône. There are many to choose from and they would all knock an iffy Châteauneuf into a cocked hat. For those of you who have fallen foul of buying regal looking Châteauneuf which ended up tasting like an Avignon pissoir here is an example of a truly great version from one of the most visionary wine merchants in the land. Made from a Grenache-dominant blend which includes the ragtag mob of Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Counoise (as is should!) this is a velvety-smooth, aromatically-splendid wine with immediate appeal and also masses of power and bravado which will propel it forwards for a further five to eight year. Please recalibrate your senses and fall back in love with this noble appellation while repelling all halfwits and pretenders for evermore.

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