WINE SCHOOL 18 - 24 March 2019

REGION: France > Rhône > Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Famed for its fabulously rich, ripe Grenache-dominated blends, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the Rhône's most illustrious appellation. To counter wine fraud, rules governing the production of Châteauneuf were drawn up in 1923 and these became the basis for the entire AOC (Appellation Contrôlée) system.

Key red grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsaut
Key white grapes: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rousanne


GRAPE: Grenache

A highly complementary variety that blends successfully with many other grapes and is frequently found alongside Syrah and Mourvedre. Huge volumes of Grenache are produced in Spain, Australia and southern France (where it is a vital component of the sweet 'vin doux naturel' wines of Banyul, Maury and Rivesaltes). Grenache vines are very vigorous and fairly quick to ripen, so vine age, viticulture and harvest timing are important determinants of quality.

Grenache manifests itself in wines with a broad palate of aromas: red and black fruit and are usually present but with other elements reminiscent of mature Cabernet Sauvignon: spice, plum, tar and, frequently, leather.

Synonyms: Cannonau (Sardinia), Garnacha (Spain), Grenache Noir

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