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Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The Experience

Drink When...
Admiring the view
Listen To...
It's Alright by Echo & the Bunnymen
Think About...
Liverpool or the Rhône?
Drink With...
Succulent beef from a proper butcher

The Oddbins Take

70 hectares. That's 175 acres, or about two thirds of Liverpool's resplendent Sefton Park. Only it's in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Southern Rhône Valley, an area of such beauty that the Pope once fancied having himself a new castle there. It's from this particular 70 hectare expanse that we get this fabulous red, with its berry and liquorice nose and its cherry, cassis and herb-medley-ed palate. No wonder the ‘Vaudieu’ is a contraction of the French for ‘Valley of God’. Mind you, Echo and the Bunnymen once played in Sefton Park and we’re not sure the same can be said for the Rhône Valley…

The Vital Statistics

Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône
AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 6 Years
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

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The Style

Garnarcha / Grenache (48%), Shiraz/Syrah (44%), Mourvèdre (8%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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  • Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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The Brechet family has been making wine in the Southern Rhone Valley since the beginning of the last century, when the wines of grandfather Auguste Chavet started winning the Gold Medal of Paris. Auguste's daughter, Juliet, married the esteemed negociant Gabriel Meffre, and they acquired properties in Seguret, Gigondas and, most spectacularly, Chateau Vaudieu in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Meffre died in 1987, control of the winery passing over to his daughter, Sylvette Brechet, in 1990, and to other family members afterwards.

Chateau Vaudieu (the name stems from "la vallee de Dieu") covers 70 hectares of one of the most revered parts of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyard is divided into 32 parcels, encompassing a wide range of terroirs variously conducive to all 13 of the appellation's grapes. The area enjoys an annual 2,800 hours of sunshine, a mistral blows for at least 100 days and only 600mm of rain falls per year.

Winemaker Phillippe Cambie was born in the Languedoc, but after working in all areas of winemaking throughout France he set up his own consultancy and is now one of the most respected and admired winemaking characters in the Rhone. Grapes are hand-picked and de-stemmed before fermentation in stainless steel, using natural yeasts and regular delestage to maximise colour and flavour extraction.

One of Cambie's guiding principles is that a grape not ripe enough to eat is not ripe enough to pick, and this is borne out by the juicy heft and depth that envelop the wine's soft tannic structure. A nose of vibrant red fruit backed with licorice gives way to cherry, cassis and herbs on the palate, impressively propped up with ripe tannins.

The wine would make a faithful partner to a top quality, treat-yourself steak, succulent, rare and bristling with black pepper.