Châteauneuf-du-Pape in white? Yes indeed

on 07/10/10 at 4:18 pm


When I hear a wine labeled “obscure” and “exotic,” I’m by turns intrigued and repelled. Intrigued because it’s always interesting to taste something I’ve never tasted before. Repelled because the wine in question is so often less than noteworthy. In fact, for “exotic” you might as well substitute “weird.” Sometimes an obscure wine seems to be (over-) prized simply on account of its obscurity. A few years ago, for example, every sommelier seemed to be touting Cour-Cheverny, an obscure wine from the Loire made from the obscure Romorantin grape.

And yet, “obscure” and “exotic” were the words that came to mind first to describe one of the best wines I’ve tasted in months: a 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Domaine de Marcoux.

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