As many of you who were at the Summerfest here already know, the Domaine de Chateaumar Chateauneuf du Pape is a superb example of a great wine from a small estate that offers a tremendous value for the price. The estate dates back to the 11th century and includes 25 acres in Cotes du Rhone, on stony clay-limestone soils, and 12 acres in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is family owned and farmed by the Souret family. Today, we tried the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Bastien and 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Secret de Nos Vignes - both were exemplary for their quality and great value!
We’ll start with the 2016 Chateaumar Cotes Du Rhone Cuvee Bastien. The Cuvee Bastien, named after the winemakers’ son, is made from a single vineyard of 50+ year old Grenache vines. The aromatics of this wine were redolent of Violet and dark fruit while on the palate the wine offers rich flavors of black cherry and spice with hints of graphite, finishing with sweet earth notes. An extreme value for the price - $17.99
We next tried the 2015 Chateaumar Chateauneuf du Pape “Secret de Nos Vignes”. This very limited production wine is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre from 20-60 year old vines located in the prestigious “Galles Roules” vineyards South of Chateauneuf du Pape. On the nose this wine exhibits deep tones of plum and stonefruit and entices one with the scent of lingering wood spice. The palate picks right up where the nose left off as its loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish - $41.99
These wines by their provenance are very limited in production.
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