34. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Auguste Bessac

Southern Rhône 2013/14
  • £42.00
Châteauneuf has achieved world-favouritism by being as equally spicy and well-flavoured for informal summer eating, as richly warming in winter. A charming easy-drinking style. (Walter Hicks) Rhone is a legally protected name in wine. So other countries, like Australia, had to use the varietals and called them “GSM”, an acronym for the main grapes used to make Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre; although up to 18 different grapes are now allowed. Bessac adds some cinsault to its blend. No professional critic reviews for this vintage, but Auguste Bessac is generally rated as an above average CDP. I covet the iconic bottle embossed with the papal tiara, above the keys of St Peters. A brilliant marketing and branding ploy to remind us that in 1308, Pope Clement V, relocated the Papacy to Avignon in the Rhone! (Rupert Brendon) (C) 13.5% vol