Chateau de Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape AOC
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Awards & Ratings
Robert Parker Awards 99
Wine Enthusiast Award 96
Wine Spectator Award 97
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Over the last several hundred years, France has been the most influential country in the wine world. France is the source of more well-known grape varieties (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah) and winemaking practices than any other country. The names of many French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are well-known throughout the world, and the style of top French wines have long been the benchmark for winemaking in most wine-producing countries of the world.
French law divides wine into 3 categories: VDF (Vin De France) carries with it only the producer and the designation that it is from France. IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) carries with it a specific region within France (for example IGP Languedoc). AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlee) Wine from a particular area with many other restrictions, including grape varieties & winemaking methods.
The region is generally divided into 2 sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhone and the Southern Rhone.
NOTHERN RHONE VALLEY: The northern Rhone AOC (Crozes-Hermitage, Cote Rotie, St Joseph, Cornas etc.) has a continental climate that differs from its southern neighbor, which has a more Mediterranean climate. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Viognier grapes.
SOUTHERN RHONE VALLEY: Wines have been produced in the region since pre Roman times, and those from the right bank were the favorite wines of the Papal community in Avignon at the time of the schism. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rose wines, often blends of several grapes such as in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation.