Domaine Berthet Rayne Châteauneuf du Pape Châteauneuf du Pape 2008
The Châteauneuf du Pape is the most famous wine of the Côtes du Rhone. The "Coteaux" (slope) of Châteauneuf du Pape, between Orange and Avignon, is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Provence. The Popes used to have their summer residence there in Châteauneuf du Pape (Pope in French). Christian Berthet-Rayne uses all 13 of the permitted grape varieties in his Châteauneuf. While it is a full and powerful wine it still has a certain finesse and combines complex hints of figs and spice. When you compare it to Berthet-Rayne's star neighbours, Beaucastel, it is remarkably good value.