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La Vieille Ferme Sparkling Rose

Chateauneuf du Pape translates to “new house of the Pope”, so named in honor of the 70 years of exile the Papacy spent outside of Rome beginning in 1308. Relocating to the town of Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Pope Clement V needed something tasty to drink (he was by birth a Bordeaux guy), and thus a new commitment to quality was born in the area. Located just north of Avignon, the Chateauneuf du Pape region represents the pinnacle of the blended red traditions of the southern Rhone. I mean pinnacle not only in terms of quality, but also in number of grapes allowed in the traditional blend. Thirteen, and not even all red ones mind you. Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Mourvedre to be sure tilt the scales most heavily, but don’t forget Cinsault, Cunoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Vaccarese, and Picpoul Noir, plus Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Rousanne, Picardan, Clairette, and Bourboulenc (for those of you counting to fifteen at home, the red skinned and white skinned versions of Grenache and Picpoul only count as one variety each). You would hope that wines made from that much blending material would offer loads of complexity, and the best examples of Chateauneuf du Pape offer exactly that. Widely regarded as being full bodied and alcoholic, Chateauneuf du Pape actually comes in a wide variety of styles depending on the producer and the vintage. The best producers balance rich, ripe red fruit and gamey qualities with crisp acidity and fine tannins to make wines that offer great enjoyment both in the near and longer term.Chateauneuf du Pape translates to “new house of the Pope”, so named in honor of the 70 years of exile the Papacy spent outside of Rome beginning in 1308. Relocating to the town of Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Pope Clement V needed something tasty to drink (he was by birth a Bordeaux guy), and thus a new commitment to quality was born in the area. Located just north of Avignon, the Chateauneuf du Pape region represents the pinnacle of the blended red traditions of the southern Rhone. I mean pinnacle not only in terms of quality, but also in number of grapes allowed in the traditional blend. Thirteen, and not even all red ones mind you. Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Mourvedre to be sure tilt the scales most heavily, but don’t forget Cinsault, Cunoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Vaccarese, and Picpoul Noir, plus Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Rousanne, Picardan, Clairette, and Bourboulenc (for those of you counting to fifteen at home, the red skinned and white skinned versions of Grenache and Picpoul only count as one variety each). You would hope that wines made from that much blending material would offer loads of complexity, and the best examples of Chateauneuf du Pape offer exactly that. Widely regarded as being full bodied and alcoholic, Chateauneuf du Pape actually comes in a wide variety of styles depending on the producer and the vintage. The best producers balance rich, ripe red fruit and gamey qualities with crisp acidity and fine tannins to make wines that offer great enjoyment both in the near and longer term.

Food Pairings

Steaks, pasta with meat sauces, sausages the spicier the better. Barbecued ribs or chicken. Burgers and brats.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Top Ten Liquors - Andover
Andover
763-755-7775

Apple Valley #3 - 157th St W
Apple Valley
952-953-2555

Haskell's - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-893-5440

Cheers - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-941-0998

Total Wine & More - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-835-6063

Total Wine & More - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-835-6063

Total Wine & More - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
952-934-6484

Top Ten Liquors - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
651-341-2142

Dennis Brothers Liquor
Cottage Grove
651-458-8932

Top Ten Liquors - Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove
651-458-9463

Victual
Crosby
218-545-1000

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
218-728-6168

Total Wine & More - Eagan
Eagan
651-452-0499

Eden Prairie #2
Eden Prairie
952-914-0032

Eden Prairie #1
Eden Prairie
952-949-8423

Eden Prairie #3
Eden Prairie
952-934-0067

Grand Marais Municipal
Grand Marais
218-387-1630

Total Wine & More - Maple Grove
Maple Grove
763-488-3300

Heritage Liquor
Maplewood
651-777-7455

Mcdonald Liquor Store
Minneapolis
612-721-6686

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Lake Wine & Cheese
Minneapolis
612-242-0073

Bottle House Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-339-5221

Ken And Norm's Liquors
Minneapolis
612-822-0030

Zipp's
Minneapolis
612-333-8686

Total Wine & More - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-545-2754

Mgm - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-470-2062

Northfield Liquors
Northfield
507-645-5153

Liquor Time
Oak Park Heights
651-439-4404

Top Ten Liquors - Osseo
Osseo
763-425-4680

Haskell's - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-553-9198

Vinifera Wines & Ales
Plymouth
763-473-0008

Merwin Liquors - Plymouth
Plymouth

Top Ten Liquors - Ramsey
Ramsey
763-427-7131

Richfield # 2 - Cedar
Richfield
612-861-9370

Richfield # 3 - Penn
Richfield
612-861-9380

Total Wine & More - Roseville
Roseville
301-795-1000

Mgm - Roseville
Roseville
651-488-6685

Top Ten Liquors - Roseville
Roseville
651-340-1846

Liquor Boy
Saint Louis Park
952-512-2200

Lunds & Byerlys - St Louis Park
Saint Louis Park
952-929-2100

Top Ten Liquors - Slp
Saint Louis Park
952-920-0750

First Grand Liquors
Saint Paul
651-227-7039

Rite Liquor Store
Saint Paul
651-414-0346

Scott's Liquor
Saint Paul
651-690-4434

Toasted Wine+spirits+ales
Saint Paul
651-246-8054

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

Marshall Liquors
Saint Paul
651-642-1891

Wayzata Wines & Spirits
Wayzata
952-473-7191

Jerry's Wine & Spirits
Woodbury
651-414-4870

Haskell's - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-714-4188

Top Ten Liquors - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-501-1199

Total Wine & More - Woodbury
Woodbury
301-795-1000

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