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Père Anselme La Fiole du Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Père Anselme La Fiole du Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape NV

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceThe Père Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Fiole du Pape is one of the most recognizable bottles in the wine business. It was created in 1952 by Charles Brotte with the co-operation of local Provençal glass and ceramic artisans. The shape represents the gnarled and twisted vines typical of the region, that struggle to grow against the Mistral wind. La Fiole, Phiala in Latin, refers to a precious bottle. Bottle aside, the tasty, mostly grenache/syrah blend is grown at a moderate yield of 35 hl/ha, and the current edition is well worth picking up. Each new year is infused with reserve juice, some as old as five years that contribute to its mellow, ready to drink style. The maceration period is 20 days, with both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation taking place in concrete vats. The final selection represents about 30-40 percent of the total amount fermented, and it matured in 100-year-old large oak barrels. The attack is spicy with black cherry, licorice root, strawberry jam, and spice with a light touch of milk chocolate. Stews, casseroles, barbecue beef, and more all work here.Tasted: 09 February 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 53.99 BCLS AB 45.00 fine wine shops MB 49.95 select private retailers ON 44.00 LCBO QC 42.95 SAQ NB 48.99 NBLiquor PEI 48.99 PEILCC NFL 57.95 NLLC Producer: Père AnselmeDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Grenache - Mourvèdre - Syrah - MuscardinCSPC: 12286UPC: 3217661012519