Stylistically, CdP's are the typical Old World style with a lot of earthiness and dark fruit aromas. Most Chateauneuf's can be pricey since it's a small region with a lot less producers than the rest of France. Usually ranging from $50 on up, this is thought to be a special occassion wine, for me at least.
|See map for the subregions in the Rhone Valley. CdP is towards the southern region.|
As soon as it's poured in the glass, you can immediately smell the robust nose. Since it is grenache-heavy, the black pepper is the first thing that came to mind. Dark fruits are on both the nose and palate. This wine is very full-bodied with depths of flavor. Complex, round flavors lead into a nice, long finish.
On top of the nose, palate and finish, the price tag is ideal! On the shelf for only $36.99 this is one robust CdP with a lot of flavor that you can easily fall in love with. Pick up a bottle today!