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Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Vacqueyras

sunny 23 °C

Wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape today. First appointment was at Beaucastel who has a longstanding partnership with Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. Membership at Tablas Creek has its previlage as we were able to get in for a special tour and tasting. It is a beautiful property. The current owners purchased the land in 1909 just as the phloxerah was spreading through France. It is rare to have all the vineyards by the property as Beucastel does. Over the years the family has grown (they are now on the 5th generation) and so have the vineyards and brands in the family.  After the tasting we went into Chateauneuf-du-Pape for lunch. Probably the least favorite of all the meals to date.  Next we headed to a small winery in Vacqueyras, Le Sang des Cailloux. We had a small tour and tasting.  We purchased 2 verticals (2011-2013) of their old vine red wine, "Cuvée de Lopy".  Last stop was the supermarket where we picked up some trout filets for the evening meal and a leg of lamb for Tuesday. The evening was spent enjoying the awesome views of the Luberon range and valley below, excellent food and great company. 

Posted by dtbradley 03:08 Archived in France

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