Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most important, and variable, appellation in the southern rhône in terms of quality, producing mainly rich, spicy, full-bodied red wines which can be some of the most alluring expressions of warm-climate viticulture, but can also be either impossibly tannic or disappointingly jammy. Only one in every 16 distinctively heavy and embossed Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottles contains full bodied white wine, which since the 1990s has been increasingly fresh and well made. Rosé is even rarer.