Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2012
Rhône Valley, France
Giraud Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Tradition is a blend of Grenache and Syrah with a bit of Mouvedre and is produced from Old Vines that are certified Biodynamic. Philippe Cambie is the consulting oenologist. It is worth noting that no Cuvee Gallimardes – the flagship of the Estate made from the finest Grenache fruit available – was not produced in 2012 because there was such a small quantity. The Tradition cuvee received a welcome addition of this precious juice, adding to its character. The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition has plenty of floral, herb and underbrush notes to go with a core of sweet berry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, with ultra-fine tannin, it should be accessible in its youth yet have a solid 12-15 years drink window. Drink 2015-2027. This wine has been stored in our 58˚ cellar since it’s release is just now edging into it’s perfect drinking plateau.