Back in the day, and that day was 20 years ago, Châteauneuf-du-Papes were priced in the $30 range, with some premium bottlings going into the $60s. Today, the least expensive CdP we've sold in the past ten years goes for $38.99, and many of our offerings are in the $70-100 range - and up.
Budget-minded folks who love the fruit-forward, bold style of CdP have generally moved on - to the neighboring regions of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Lirac, and Cairanne. Not that those wines aren't great - they are - but they aren't Chateauneuf, the first AOC established in France.
Enter Saint-Galet, a private project blended by and bottled for a favorite importer, who explains that "restaurant shutdowns in France, combined with those short-lived "over 14%" wine tariffs, meant a once-in-a-lifetime and narrow window of buying opportunity and BUY we did. Our two men in Europe blended this beauty of a Chateauneuf from the ground up with Eric Bonnet of Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique fame."
Eric Bonnet: “My family has been making wine for a number of years now. My great-grandfather started it. He did not bottle the wine he made under his own label but sold it by the barrel to a negociant. My father started to bottle wine in 1980.”
The wine is made and vinified at La Bastide Saint Dominique from a sustainably farmed estate and with purchased fruit, vinified in stainless and aged in concrete and some foudre.
This wine is a classically composed CdP blend of 80% Grenache 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, producing a sappy, opulent, mouth-filling wine, that's a perfect complement to BBQ fare, cheeses, or just hanging around the patio with friends.
2018 is classified as a great vintage, with most wines being ready to drink upon arrival, although you could age this fella for up to ten years if desired.