Pronounced Shah-toh-nuhf-doo-pahp. A regional red wine produced in the appelation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône region of France. Most widely known wine of the Southern Rhône. Wines labeled Châteauneuf-du-Pape have 13 grape varietals to choose from, but are produced mainly from the Grenache varietal. Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s focus is red and rosè wine, only 2% of production is white.
The thirteen grape varieties permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape are:
Red: Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Syrah, Terret Noir and Vaccarèse
White: Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picardin, Picpoul Noir and Roussane
Characteristics: Produce considerably varying complex styles of wine, including light to heavy, rich, earthy, spicey red wines with a hint of black cherry, mirabelle, and leather.
Ageing: Matures quickly, typically 3 years. Best when aged 5 to 10 years.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 59º F.
Food pairings: Beef, heavy pastas, game, and strong cheeses.