ABOUT: Domaine de Villeneuve dates back to the 18th century and passed through a few hand until most recently Philippe du Roy de Blicquy and Stanislas Wallut became the rulers of the roost. Located in the coolest, northern region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Orange to be exact (such a lovely name for a place, agreed?) where they farm a handful of biodynamically certified hectares of vines. Mostly Grenache, but there’s a smattering of old Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette vines as well. And by old we mean vines over 100 years in age. For the wines, sulphur use is minimal and concrete eggs have made an appearance. Low intervention, cool climate, and delicious Chateauneuf-du-Pape is what we have here, gear up!
TASTE: Check out what Vinous had to say about this wine - "Brilliant violet. Intense red and blue fruit preserve, exotic spice, dark chocolate and garrigue qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Palate-coating boysenberry, bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are lifted and sharpened by building spice and mineral notes. Combines weight and energy with a steady hand and finishes very long and smooth, with even tannins framing lingering blue fruit and spice cake notes."
PAIR:Legumes pot au feu, pear and gorgonzola pizza, pickled beets and sour cream, root vegetable gratin, pasta with swiss chard and roasted hazelnuts, and baked black bean burritos.