2013 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1403486 90 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas and flavors of raspberry and cherry preserves stream from the core, with notes of violet, anise and bergamot filling in. Offers an elegant, mineral-edged finish. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases imported. (JM)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

While 2013 was a year fraught with challenges for many producers, you would hardly guess that from this wine. It has mellowed out beautifully, and now sings in the glass with resonant red berry fruit, tobacco, cured meats and black pepper notes. The tannins have softened with time and added to the texture of this medium-bodied red. The layers of flavor continue on into a very drawn out finish.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape