A brilliant 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Christmas

Well here it is, I hope Christmas Eve was good!!! I have to tell you that we really enjoyed this brilliant Domaine du Vieux Lazaret 2017 that perfectly matched our crisp grilled duck.

The story of the Quiot family begins in the Vaucluse, at Chateauneuf-du-Pape where Antoine Quiot acquired a few hectares of vines in 1748. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Quiot Family bought a old Lazaret (a hospice run by religious Lazarists who play a very important role at the time of the plague of 1720, when a third of the villages population died) and built up a proper domaine by linking up parcels of land owned on the commune.

The « Domaine du Vieux Lazaret », built up over three centuries, by marriage, purchase, distribution has this name since 1915, and the 13th generation of the family currently work the estate.

60 % Grenache, 25 % Syrah, 10 % Mourvèdre, 5 % Cinsault 
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (AOC), Vallée du Rhône 

Deep ruby red. The nose reveals notes of blackberry and raspberry associated with small touches of blue fruits as well as a discreet hint of violets and spices.

On the palate the wine expresses notes of juicy blackberry and blackcherry, and cassis combined with slight touches of strawberry, discreet hints of liquorice as well as an imperceptible hint of fresh almond and toasted. The wine is dry, well-balanced and offers a good definition, a well balanced acidity, elegance, as well as a fine and very slightly tight grain.

A great wine for special moments. Merry Christmas!!!

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