I have to admit that I am not well versed in the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape so when I have a chance to taste one, I jump into the occasion.
Why?. I really can’t say for sure. However, if i brainstorm my wine lover head, it must be because some of them can be a bit heavy on the palate and too much on the alcohol side. I like my wines to make me salivate and promote my appetite. A big wine turnoff for me is if a wine makes feel bloated or full. I just cant drink it anymore.
Not long ago, I tasted a very elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine Tour Saint Michel. The Cuvee des deux Soeurs 2015 is available in the Quebec market for $46.75 ( 11874934)
Domaine Tour Saint Michel has been making wine since three generations. Michel Fabre founded the domain and his son Henri along with his wife developed and enlarged the estate. They practice sustainable viticulture which means they only treat the vines when is only necessary.
An interesting trivia is that their 34 hectares are located on the southern part of the appellation. Here the climate is very hot and the soil is formed of galets roulés (round pebbles in english).
They principally use 3 grapes to make their Châteauneuf-du-Pape red: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
The Cuvee des deux soeurs is a beautiful Chateauneuf made predominantly with Grenache (90%) and a slight drop of Syrah (10%). The vines come from the sites Les Serres and Fangueiron.
Felt in love with its spicy nose redolent of blond tobacco and prunes in brandy. Earthy, elegant and quite refreshing with a firm tannic structure. I highly recommend this wine for the cool fall evenings ahead.