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Domaine de Carteresses Tavel Rose 2020

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

Dolce Vita Wine Shop
Chaska
952-361-0044

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

Wine Republic
Excelsior
952-470-2220

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

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
612-825-4411

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Mcdonald Liquor Store
Minneapolis
612-721-6686

Falls Liquor
Minneapolis
612-729-5498

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-339-4040

Kowalski's Uptown Market
Minneapolis
612-377-3448

Top Ten Liquors - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-657-0349

Tessa's Office
Rochester
507-226-7763

Apollo Liquor Central
Rochester
507-252-0653

Apollo Liquor Best
Rochester
507-286-1300

Andy's Liquor
Rochester
507-289-0777

Andy's Liquor Central
Rochester
507-361-1660

Andy's Liquor Marketplace
Rochester
507-535-7500

Top Ten Liquors - Roseville
Roseville
651-340-1846

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

First Grand Liquors
Saint Paul
651-227-7039

Solo Vino
Saint Paul
651-602-9515

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

Scott's Liquor
Saint Paul
651-690-4434

Do Not Use - Scandia Olde Towne Liquor
Scandia
651-433-5845

Hy-vee - Shakopee
Shakopee
952-403-1520

Shorewood Liquors
Shorewood
952-474-6869

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

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