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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The 1998 Vintage Revisited

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a special night of fabulous rare wines!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: The 1998 Vintage Revisited

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Rhône Valley was still relatively unknown to Americans, who were focused on the regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy for French wine pleasure. Then came Robert Parker and his publication The Wine Advocate, who championed the wines of the Southern Rhône as some of the great bargains of the wine world. His love of the Rhône also helped elevate the best sub-region within it: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

As popularity went up, so did the prices. But one vintage, in particular, propelled Chateauneuf-du-Pape forward in the wine world, and that was 1998. 

Jeb Dunnik wrote recently in The Wine Advocate: “As to the vintage, 1998 was a hot, dry year and produced, big, full-bodied Chateauneuf du Papes that have considerable tannin and structure. Laurent Charvin compared the vintage to a blend of 2010 and 2009, though I think a comparison to a hypothetical mix of 1989 and 1990 is appropriate as well. The wines are more structured and tannic than 2000, yet have more fruit and sweetness than 2005. Even today, there’s ample tannic grip in the wines; however, few are under-fruited and the best have a beautiful core of sweet fruit that keeps you pouring another glass. The 1998 vintage is certainly one of the great vintages of the past 25-30 years. In addition, it is also the greatest vintage drinking at full maturity today. If you have bottles in your cellar, now is a perfect time to break out that corkscrew!”

Join us for a special evening learning about Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the key producers, and the influence of age on these gems.

Wines to be tasted include:
1998 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1998 Patrick LeSec “Les Galets Blonds” Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1998 Domaine de la Charbonniere Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1998 Domaine du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1998 Domaine de la Vieille Juliene Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
… plus some other great Southern Rhône wines to get our palates going at the start

Very limited seating.


March 6
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Twin Cities Wine Education
2446 University Avenue West, Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

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