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La Vieille Ferme Rouge Box 6/3L

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

Cash Wise Liquor - Baxter
Baxter
218-829-9286

Top Ten Liquors - Blaine
Blaine
763-754-3231

Cheers - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-941-0998

Perrier - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-826-6443

Mgm - West Bloomington
Bloomington
952-888-9421

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

Perrier - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-953-6269

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

Lunds & Byerlys - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-892-5600

Top Ten Liquors - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
651-341-2142

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

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

Delano Wine & Spirits
Delano
763-972-0578

Cash Wise Liquor - Duluth
Duluth
218-722-4507

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
218-728-6168

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

Lunds & Byerlys - Eagan
Eagan
651-686-9669

Perrier Liquor
Eagan
651-452-7747

Edina # 1 - 50th
Edina
612-903-5720

Wine Republic
Excelsior
952-470-2220

Haskell's - Faribault
Faribault
507-332-7173

Lunds & Byerlys - Golden Valley
Golden Valley
763-544-8846

Grand Marais Municipal
Grand Marais
218-387-1630

Mac's Liquor
Hopkins
952-935-9291

On The Rocks Wine & Spirits
Hugo
651-787-9480

Isanti Municipal Liquor
Isanti
763-444-5063

Liquor Barn
Long Lake
952-473-1817

Lakeside Wine & Spirits
Long Lake
952-475-2936

Lincoln Square Liquor Barrel
Mahtomedi
651-770-0692

Cork And Key
Mankato
507-779-7000

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

Falls Liquor
Minneapolis
612-729-5498

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Sentyrz Liquor
Minneapolis
612-781-3484

Zipp's
Minneapolis
612-333-8686

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-339-4040

Mcdonald Liquor Store
Minneapolis
612-721-6686

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
612-825-4411

Surdyk's
Minneapolis
612-379-3232

France 44
Minneapolis
612-925-3252

Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits - Mpls
Minneapolis
612-384-2980

Lowry Hill Liquors
Minneapolis
612-871-2500

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Lunds & Byerlys - Mpls
Minneapolis
952-927-3663

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

Stinson Wine, Beer & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-789-0678

Central Ave Liquor
Minneapolis
612-781-3424

Mgm - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-470-2062

Haskell's - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-544-4456

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

Top Ten Liquors - Osseo
Osseo
763-425-4680

Coborn's - Otsego
Otsego

Top Ten Liquors - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-657-0349

Lunds & Byerlys - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-268-1624

Mgm - Prior Lake
Prior Lake
952-220-7082

Top Ten Liquors - Ramsey
Ramsey
763-427-7131

Richfield # 2 - Cedar
Richfield
612-861-9370

Richfield # 1 - 66th & Lyndale
Richfield
612-861-9375

Richfield # 3 - Penn
Richfield
612-861-9380

Andy's Liquor
Rochester
507-289-0777

Top Ten Liquors - Rosemount
Rosemount
612-730-7666

Cub Wine & Spirits - Roseville
Roseville

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

Top Ten Liquors - Roseville
Roseville
651-340-1846

St Anthony Village # 1
Saint Anthony
612-782-3451

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

Midway Liquor Store
Saint Paul
651-644-7900

Sharrett's
Saint Paul
651-645-8629

Rite Liquor Store
Saint Paul
651-414-0346

The Dabbler Depot
Saint Paul
651-802-2112

Marshall Liquors
Saint Paul
651-642-1891

Perrier - St Paul
Saint Paul
651-227-6563

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

Scott's Liquor
Saint Paul
651-690-4434

Morelli's Discount Liquor
Saint Paul
651-774-5961

Haskell's - St Paul
Saint Paul
651-698-8844

Cub Liquor - Stp
Saint Paul
952-922-8335

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

Mgm - Suburban
Saint Paul
651-776-5976

Cub Wine & Spirits - Stillwater
Stillwater
651-430-2350

Cellars Wine & Spirits - Stillwater
Stillwater
651-439-4319

Top Ten Liquors - Vadnais Heights
Vadnais Heights
612-730-7666

West Side Liquor - Waite Park
Waite Park
320-253-9511

Wayzata Wines & Spirits
Wayzata
952-473-7191

Tonka Bottle Shop
Wayzata
952-473-5469

Haskell's - White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake
651-426-0022

Cellars Wine & Spirits Wbl
White Bear Lake
651-426-1028

Lunds & Byerlys - Wbl (off)
White Bear Lake

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

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

Top Ten Liquors - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-501-1199

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