Châteauneuf-Du-Pape is one of the most celebrated wine regions in France. It is famous for its powerful red wines made from a blend of up to 18 different grapes, though often Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are the only three grapes used. While this region in Southern Rhône used to fly somewhat under the radar, especially compared to its more celebrated Northern Rhône neighbors, over the past 30 years its profile has exploded.
These are wines that beg to be drunk with food. Much too powerful on their own and often higher in alcohol than other French reds, protein is essential and pairs beautifully with dense, rich wines.
We recently sampled a bottle of 2012 Famille Perrin “Les Sinards” Châteauneuf-Du-Pape and were extremely pleased. Made by the Perrin family, who also own the celebrated Château De Beaucastel along with California’s Tablas Creek, the wine is the perfect example of Châteauneuf-Du-Pape at a great price point.
In the glass the wine pours a rich dark crimson color with aromas of dark fruit and tea. These dark fruit aromas are also very present on the palate, with a mix of chocolate and spice rounding out the wine’s flavors. It’s an ideal wine to serve alongside a delicious steak, and it’s perfect to drink as the weather starts to turn crisp.
This is a wine that could be drunk immediately, or saved for five to ten years, for a special occasion.
Famille Perrin “Les Sinards” Châteauneuf-Du-Pape was provided to VinePair as a sample.