Sainte Vierge Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red Blend 2013
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Sainte Vierge Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Blend
GRAPE: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.00%
This interesting CDP is Cellier des Princes’ Saint Vierge that won the Gold Medal at France’s G & G International wine competition. Cellier des Prince has been producing CDP for over 90 years and this is one of their top cuvees. 2013 was a nice harvest with low yields (one of the lowest in the last 20 years) and highly concentrated fruit. It is almost 90 percent Grenache and is from 30 to 40-year-old vines planted in clay soil. This wine is still young so give it in a little time in the cellar and in the glass after opening and watch it evolve. A nicely focused taste profile with complexity and layered fruit including black raspberry, creamy licorice, minerality, plum, herbs, white pepper and a nutmeg spice box with a solid finish. Pair with Pair with Strip Steak au poivre, lamb chops with a savory rosemary sauce, beef stew in red wine sauce, and veal medallions in a port wine reduction. Best enjoyed 2016-2022.
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*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.