Miam, miam, miam… What a treat! Most wine lovers know of this famous appellation for its red blends. But did you know that the world renowned Châteauneuf du Pâpe also makes white wines too? The production is very small, only about 5-8 %, which may explain why these wines are more rare and harder to find.
It was at Cellar 13 in Buckhead/ Atlanta that I saw this bottle on the shelf. The Quiot family, winemakers since 1748, are the producers of this wine. They have several wine estates in the Rhône Valley and also in Provence, one of the estates being Domaine du Vieux Lazaret situated in the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) Châteauneuf du Pâpe appellation.
This white wine is a blend of 4 grape varietals- Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, and barrell fermented Roussanne. It is a fuller bodied wine, with complex aromas- subtle smoky herbal notes, honeysuckle, and citrus. This Châteauneuf du Pâpe blanc has a nice long and sophisticated finish that’s beautiful to drink on its own, but also pairs nicely with lobster and other seafood, puff pastries, white meats and goat cheeses.
Serve at 54-57 degrees (Farenheit)