The best places to visit when exploring Grenache grapes
Day Trip to Chateauneuf-du-Pape
As you might expect, this is the big daddy of Grenache-based blends and one of the great wine regions of the world. Almost all Chateauneufs are based on a majority of Grenache, some less and some more. The beauty of the Grenache in these wines is the fine rich core of red fruit and wonderful perfume of garrigue (wildflowers and herbs) that it imparts to these wines. These are two of my favorite producers and each would make for a great visit, the pair a perfect contrast.
Perhaps the most famous of all Chateauneuf wines, they ironically use the lowest percentage of Grenache in the wines. This leaves room for a lot of Mourvedre and all of the remaining allowable 13 varieties of grapes used in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Château de Beaucastel
Chemin de Beaucastel
Tél. : +33 (0) 4 90 70 41 00
Fax : +33 (0) 4 90 70 41 19
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In a world where power seems to have the upper hand, Charvin manages to produce graceful, elegant wines year in and year out. This elegance is probably due to vineyard work as well as the fact that Charvin is typically produced from about 80 percent Grenache. In the cellar this is a traditional wine, produced without destemming and no new wood influence. Wonderfully aromatic and gentle wines are the fortuitous results!
Chemin de Maucoil, 84100 Orange.
Tel. +33 490 344 110.
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00