‘Symphonie des Galets’ Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Colour: Red
From: France
ABV: 14.5%
Price: £27.95

The ‘Symphonie des Galets’ is a superb example of Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the Arnoux family.

The family have been making wines in the Southern Rhone since 1717, expanding slowly from their base in Vacqueyras, north-east of the ‘Pope’s New Castle’. Not so new now, but in the 14th Century when the Papal Court relocated to Avignon, Chateauneuf was the height of modernity!

It is since this period that the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape have continued to grow in popularity and fame whilst the size of the village is virtually unchanged since the 1300’s. It is an unassuming, flat, rural and humble part of France where the terrain is characterised by a unique geological phenomenon: galets. Galets are large, smooth pebbles that, in some cases, can be as large as a Rugby ball! These stones help radiate the heat and ripen the many vine varieties of the Southern Rhone. Arnoux have chosen to celebrate the significance of these legendary galets by producing this Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The wine is a blend of 5 varieties (from a possible permitted 18 varieties!) made up of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault & 5% Terret Noir. Producing a full and rich wine with a smooth and silky structure & texture. It is a wine that is characterised by a lot of Europe’s wines produced in 2016, whereby, the wines are approachable young and hold the ability to age. Showing lots of attractive, lifted floral aromas with a classically powerful palate; fine ripe tannins, brooding dark fruits and spice hints. It has all the hallmarks of a great vintage.

Perfect enjoyed with roast meats like beef or pork shoulder and some spice dishes such as Jalfrazi and curried goat.