HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Domaine Juliette Avril 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone. 14.5% ABV, $30-55.

We don’t normally review wines that cost more than $20, but this one was so remarkable, we HAD to say something. If you can find this wine on sale, pick it up. It’s a marvelous blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre with everything you could ever want in nose, flavor, and finish. It’s round, balanced, classic, utterly satisfying, and elegant without being in your face about it—kind of like Audrey Hepburn.

We enjoyed this wine last night with our dinner at Leonardo’s 706 Bistro in Gainesville, FL. The menu price was $52—not a bad mark-up.

An interesting note regarding the food there: one of our pasta dishes featured an Alfredo sauce that was made with smoked Gouda rather than Parmesan cheese! Just delicious. It made for a more risotto-like weight. Website: http://leonardosgainesville.com/706menu.pdf

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2 Responses to HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Domaine Juliette Avril 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone. 14.5% ABV, $30-55.

  1. Clark Dougherty says:

    It had been literally a couple of decades since I’d had a Chateau-du-Pape. Why had I not revisited this luscious and sexy wine? Groovy, baby!

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