Appellation Châteauneuf du Pape

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation is located in the southern part of the Rhône Valley, between Orange and Avignon.

Today among the best known producers on the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation: Château de Beaucastel, Henri Bonneau, M. Chapoutier, Clos des Papes, Domaine de la Janasse, Domaine de La Mordorée, La Nerthe, Rayas, Roger Sabon, Domaine du Vieux Télégraph.

Rolled pebbles, gravel or sand are the characteristic soils of the appellation. There are 13 typical grape varieties of the vineyard, the 3 main in terms of volumes produced are: Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Formerly called Châteauneuf-Calcernier, it was Joseph Ducos (owner of Château la Nerthe) who campaigned to rename the town "Châteauneuf-du-Pape". The vineyard is indeed dominated by the castle in which the Popes of Avignon came to spend the summer.

The best vintages of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation: 

1929, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1961, 1978, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2011.

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