Roque Colombe Chateauneuf du Pape
Location: In the 14th century, the Popes in Avignon used a château overlooking the small village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as their summer residence. The surrounding vineyard region developed enormously thanks to their impetus. Vines can still be found there today, along with the vestiges of times past.
Terroir: Grown on a unique soil with large stones polished over the centuries, the Cuvée Roque Colombe expresses all the elegance of old Grenache vines on the appellation's northern terraces.
Grape varieties: 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre.
Vinification: The grapes are entirely handpicked at peak ripeness. Low yields make for beautiful concentration. After traditional winemaking, the tannin becomes round and acquires class and distinction.
Winemaker: Stéphane Cardona
Owner: Group of producers.
Type of ageing: Ageing in oak barrels for 12-18 months.
Tasting notes: A very refined bouquet with hints of prune, fig and caramel. Powerful and well-structured on the palate with a great deal of roundness as well as soft, elegant tannin. Roasted flavors on the aftertaste.
This wine is wonderful with rabbit (in a sauce with shallot and thyme), duck breast with chanterelle mushrooms and beef casserole.