Saint-Galet Châteauneuf-du-pâpe for under $25 per bottle!!!
Back in the day, and that day was 20 years ago, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpes 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 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 the wine in 1980.”
The wine is made and vinified at La Bastide Saint Dominique from sustainably farmed estate and 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 Summer 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.
This is an insane opportunity to buy some Chateauneuf for well under $30 per bottle!!
That's right, we're selling it for $26.99 per bottle, $25.65/btl when you buy six, and $24.30 per bottle when you buy 12!!!!