My wife and I belong to a club that has 1/2 price wine night for any bottle under $100 on Wednesdays. Markups being what they are, I suppose we only paid about normal retail price for this bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. I am having a fit trying to figure out what the grape mix is but I can tell you that the vineyards are grown with 80% grenache adding Syrah, Mouvedre, and a rarish red, Muscardin. There are also white varietals grown there but I do not know what exactly is included in the 2004.

Tasting notes (mine): A bouquet of gentle spice and pepper with restrained red fruit. Like most of the Southern Rhone blends, the wine was 'soft' once it breathed. Good long finish. The wine changed and got more fragrant with food as it breathed too. It was a nice treat and a major departure from the big Cab, Shiraz, Merlot varietals usually had with red meats. With this kind of dinner, this wine stood up well to it as a partner, not as a battling opponent. It was a nice treat.

Domaine Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 750ML 2004 Country: FRANCE
Region: RHONE
Grape Varietal: RED RHONE BLEND
Retail: Around $30

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