Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape

I’m a big fan of wines from the Rhône, and the 2007 Domaine de Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf-du-Pape was no exception when I opened it in the autumn of 2016. A deep, rich red in the glass, I savored the herbal bouquet and while some reviewers have noted an absence of tannins I’d say they’re present, but subdued, so they don’t get in the way of the fruit. I’d characterize the 2007 as notes of currant and a hint of cherries and yeasted bread, with a pleasant, very smooth finish.

This Chateauneuf works very nicely with smoked wild Norwegian salmon, served with fresh greens. It’s not as “big” as some of its peers, perhaps, but pairs up nicely with seafoods, well-aged cheeses, and dark chocolate.

I’m not sure of the proportions, or even certain of what varietals are present, but I credit a hint of Mourvédre for the slightly smoky character of the finish, and it surely leads with Grenache and Syrah.

Highly recommended, likely delightful for many years yet.

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