(Châteauneuf-du-Pape pronunciation: Shah-toe-neuf-dew-Pahp)
When a French wine has Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the label it’s not specific to a varietal, but a blend of grapes all grown in the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region. The wine can be a red or white blend, both of which have been featured in our International wine of the month club.
The gloriously rich red wines, redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, are enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several of the 14 permitted grape varieties including Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscadin, Vaccarese, and Teret Noir. However, Grenache tends to be the dominant grape that is often blended with Syrah and Mourvèdre.
The area’s white wines are also becoming increasingly popular yet only one of every 16 bottles produced in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a white wine. The allowed white grape varieties are Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardan. We have featured both red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines in our International Wine Club.