Southern Rhone, is where the historic city of Avignon produces a red wine from an area known as Chateauneuf-du-Pape (new castle of the Pope) .Way back in the fourteenth century the Popes residence was not in Rome but in Avignon. Today this area is known for the production of this blended red wine, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
The soil here is unusual in that, it is made up of rock beds, ancient smooth stones of all sizes left behind from Alpine glaciers. Vines are planted and thrive here as the stones retain the heat from the sun, rapidly ripening the grapes whilst trapping and retaining precious water beneath.
There are fourteen grape varieties that are permitted to create this wine. The three varieties widely used are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Red cherries were the dominating fruit as this delightful wine opened up slowly revealing hints of liquorice as the cherry faded away into something much softer, earthy with a hint of the barrel.
This wine was enjoyed with a cheese platter, the perfect combination for a lazy Sunday evening. Priced at £12, purchased from Tesco.