If you're stumped for Xmas presents for your nearest and dearest, what about pushing the boat out all the way and buying a big bottle of French red from the country's most famous southern Rhone wine appellation, Chateauneuf-du-Pape?
This outstanding wine is our most high priced of our Top 25 Wines of 2020, as selected by our specialist wine team here at Regional. And it's also from 2016, which will go down in the vinous history books as the best of this century, potentially even the best of the past 100 years.
This big, bold and beautiful blended red can be enjoyed (no, make that, loved) now and can equally be cellared for the long haul. It's a keeper.
Here are the details:2016 BRUNIER VIEUX TELEGRAPH LA CRAU CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE $153.99
This special wine is made with grapes grown on 70 year old vines grown on the stony Crau plateau, in the south east of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. It's a blend of 65% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette and 5% other grapes, all hand picked, double sorted during harvest and gently pressed with selective destemming, followed by 30 to 40 days’ traditional fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and wood. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered and is a great expression of southern France's most famous Mediterranean appellation.