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Thursday, 11 August 2016

The CWB CdP-off: Cellier des Princes

Two surprisingly fresh Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines from Cellier des Princes

I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

- The Big Lebowski (1999)

Located in the Southern Rhone, Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the seat of the Papacy from 1309 to 1377; the wines, made from up to 18 grapes varieties (albeit Grenache is dominant) are traditionally packaged in distinctive, heavy dark wine bottles embossed with papal regalia and insignia.

Southerly, relatively low-lying, dried out by the mistral and with additional warmth from a surface layer of galets (round stones) that release warmth at night, CdP wines are typically big, alcoholic and substantial.

These two from Cellier des Princes are much fresher, but remain substantial. Both will match not just with traditional gamey red meats, but also white meats and cheese.

Both wines have also been awarded Gold medals.

Les Escondudes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2013 Complex lifted red and dark berry fruit, liquorice, woodsiness, spice and freshness; supple and rounded with very fine tannins; long.

Very Good

Le Mourre, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2013 fresh red plum and cherry fruits with spices; supple, rounded tannins; beautiful aromatic length.

Very Good.

Cellier des Princes CdP at Tesco: http://www.tesco.com/wine/product/details/default.aspx?id=267280811

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