Did you know that Chateauneuf-du-Pape (or CdP - who has time to use the full name anyway) is one of the oldest appellations in France? It was created in the 1920s, but this little Southern Rhone village stands for high-class wine since at least the middle ages, when the popes used to hang around there.
Probably, but not only, because the region produces insanely good wines (and it's always sunny!!!) Powerful, full-bodied red wines made predominantly from the classic southern Rhône grape trio: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (GSM). Grenache brings the juicy, jammy red-fruit flavors and high potential alcohol, Syrah brings structure and spiced black-fruit notes to the blend and Mourvèdre adds dark depths and bitter-chocolate notes. And those wines can age forever!
But the region is also, to a lesser extent, known for weighty and intensely perfumed whites, that age at least as beautifully as their red friends. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc are blended to make one oft the most delicious white wines ever!
All these weird varieties, of which most are not being grown anywhere else, can be found on the most sandy and pebbly soils you can imagine. And the vines are trained in the galet way, which also looks pretty interesting, just adding to the impression that Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a really unique place!