What’s in My Glass? WHITE Chateauneuf du Pape!

Today I was pleasantly reminded of why I love wine with every fiber of my being.  This fabulous epiphany came to me  in the form Chateau La Nerthe Clos de Beauvenir Chateauneuf du Pape 2010.

Literally, “Chateauneuf du Pape” means “New castle of the Pope,” and its history as a wine making region dates to the middle ages. The short version: People have been making intensely aromatic and flavorful wines (though mostly reds) here since the Roman era, and then the Pope got sick of Rome and moved out to Southern France to be more chic, and  totally increased celeb status of the place.

Chateau La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in this tiny region outside Avignon, everything about their Clos de Beauvenir white was like angels singing: aromas of honey, cooked peaches, apricots, lusciously ripe pears, almonds, cloves, and cinnamon all in one sensuous sniff! Equally decadent on the palate, this juice was full of the same ripe, dessert-inspired fruit flavors plus a dash of cream and bitter almond and walnut notes that kept the wine from being overly rich.  Like a perfectly balanced dessert, this wine satisfied gustatory desire in one glass (though I could’ve used several more).

This isn’t an everyday wine (mostly because is easily goes for over $100/bottle), but it’s awesome, and a style of wine that deserves to be more widely sought out. What’s not to love about a wine that’s completely decadent, has scandalous pope-laden history, and tastes fantastic?

If you get a chance to try white Chateauneuf du Pape, take it. If not, seek out some white Rhone blends–they’ve got all the richness of great California Chardonnay, with more nuttiness and less butter.


Chateauneuf du Pape Uncorked:

Laura Loves: Domaine Mathieu Vin de Felibre for red Chateauneuf du Pape.

Using wine bottles as aerobics equipment.

White Rhone blends with hard cheeses.

Fun Facts: Chateauneuf du Pape was the first delimited wine area in France, created in 1936.

Chateau la Nerthe has been around since the 12th century.

13 Grapes are permitted in Chateauneuf du Pape blends.

The rolling hills and smooth round stones (“Gallets”) that characterize Chateauneuf du Pape’s vineyards are glacial deposits from thousands of years ago.

Want More: This Guy does a great job, and so does Food and Wine.


  • March 15, 2014
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