A beautiful aroma exudes from this fabulously mature Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Every time you go back to it you think of something else: whipping up the Christmas cake mix before it goes in the tin, a figgy jam to pair with cheese, old leather, freshly cut cedar, the hot summer smell of garrigue under the trees in the South of France. This is a wine to sip and see where it takes you. On the palate it is soft and mellow, the tannins have melted into comforting age but it still remains well-balanced with lots of flavour. This would be utterly delicious with a good piece of beef like Chateaubriand or an aged Comte. A special wine that we think deserves to be savoured. We were so thrilled to be given a small amount of this wonderful 2006.
To find a producer making this quality that was hitherto unknown is a dream come true. I still can't believe our luck. The secret is that, all along, the wine has been made at the cellar of the Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel. But the terroir is phenomenal, and so is the attention to detail in the vineyards. The flavours are just amazing. The timing was impeccable - as the winery is just transforming from being a hobby of Jean-Louis Giornal to a business run by his daughter Florence and her husband Thomas.