Cellier des Princes 'Blason du Prince' Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Chateauneuf-du-Pape was never cheap, but these days it's harder than ever to find quality examples under $50, let alone $40; imagine our delight when we discovered this highly rated example at a reasonable price! And while $35 normally spells out "ordinary" for a wine from this storied region, there is nothing "ordinary" about this bottle.
Three facts make this wine particularly unique:
1) Cellier des Princes is Chateauneuf's sole co-operative winery;
2) The wine is 90% Grenache, which normally composes a significantly smaller portion because of climate and ripening issues; and
3) It wasn't aged in oak, with the winemakers opting for concrete eggs to showcase the varietal purity of their delicious Grenache.
Add world-renowned consultant winemaker Philippe Cambie, who's earned 15 perfect 100 Point scores from Robert Parker, to the equation and what do you get? A recipe for success beyond your wildest dreams. The winery's 'Le Blason du Prince' is a lighter, more restrained style of Chateauneuf owing to the high Grenache content. It showcases aromas of red fruits, spices, and lavender-rich garrigue leading into smooth flavors of raspberry, plum, blueberry, and star anise on the palate. It is medium-to-full-bodied with moderate acidity, silky tannins, and a long white pepper finish. The current vintage earned 92 Points from James Suckling.