CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE HOMMAGE A L’AN 1879 BY CROUS ST. MARTIN 2019
Tasting this wine for the first time, we discovered a diamond in the rough, a truly expectational Châteauneuf-du-Pape for less than $60. We thought those days had long since passed, but we were wrong.
The first key ingredient in all great wines is great terroir, and this wine has it in spades. When Grenache, which makes up 80% of the blend, is grown in the iconic sandy soils that make all of the region’s greatest wines (Chateau Rayas, Bonneau), with the famous river stones strewn about, it finds a way to give their native reds the kind of energy and lift found in those grown much further north in Burgundy.
The second ingredient is a master winemaker, with an elegant touch. Eric made a clear decision to create an elegant wine that will drink well early and through a long life, and to that end ages the wine in a mix of stainless steel and oak. This translates to the glass in the purest, silkiest, most transparent expression of that famous fruit!
What the Critics Say
Matt Walls, Decanter, October 2020
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage by Crous St. Martin 2019: Characteristics
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / silky, fruity, mineral / oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Breads, Cured Meat, Duck breast, Hard Cheese, Veal roasted
TASTING NOTE / “Gorgeously silky with the essence of Châteauneuf fruit, blackberry, raspberry, damson, plum and such velvety tannins. Freshness, purity, depth and balance, a highly impressive, elegant wine. 5,000 cases made, likely to be very good value. Grown on sandy soils and galets roulés, fermented in stainless steel, aged in old barriques and stainless steel.”
Crous St Martin is a name most of never heard of, but it is the brainchild of Rhone expert Harry Bosmans and Eric Bonnet of La Bastide Saint Dominique. Eric’s family has produced some of the greatest wines of the Southern Rhone for generations, and his attention to detail makes this wine truly special. This is more than a delicious bottle of wine—it’s a multi-hour virtual reality session into the rugged hillsides, cavernous cellars, and ancient, stony vineyards of Southern France.
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