Week of October 17, 2022

In 1348 Pope Clement V moved the Papal seat from Rome to Avignon in the southern Rhone valley. The papal summer residence was established in a village 12 KM north of Avignon. This village came to be known as Chateauneuf Du Pape (CDP) which translates to the new house of the Pope. Today, what is left of the Pope summer residence is some ruins.

Since the papal period, the village has been known to produce one of the world's finest red wines as well as a surprisingly pleasant white wine. Red wine constitutes approximately 93% of the total production. Officially, there are 13 great varieties allowed for the production of CDP. Most of the producers customarily use Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault (GMSC, most important part of the blend).

In the red wine version of CDP, the Grenache plays the biggest and most part of the blend. It’s silkiness, finesse, velvety and feminine character adds pleasant notes to the blend. Syrah complements the blend with its earthiness and spice while Mourvèdre and Cinsault achieve the necessary acidity and balance.

White CDP is lesser know than its red CDP brother. However it is a big, well rounded and balanced wine suitable to pair with the main meal.

All Star Wine Imports carries an admirable collection of CDP from famous producers such as Rhonea. Additionally we work with smaller family & female owned wineries such as St. Sifferin and Chateau Fargueirol. The latter is our latest darling! The winery was established in 1340. They produce several versions of CDP red and white wines. Pope Jean XXII is one of the best CDP I have ever enjoyed. Top wine critic Robert Parker gave it 95+ points! Surprisingly Chateau Fargueirol annually produces 200 bottles of a limited edition of a rare red CDP where it blends all 13 grape varieties!!
We have all 200 bottles.

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I just came back from a wine discovery trip in Lebanon. It is truly a land of enchantment where old meets new, tradition embraces contemporary, the classic cuisine welcomes the nouveau. Food and wine are an integral part of the Lebanese culture. It was fantastic! I give a shout out to my good friend Nather Ouji and his hotel, LE ROYAL. For the best experience in Beirut.

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