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Everyone thinks there are 13 grape varieties allowed for the production of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rhone red wines. in fact, since 2009, there are 18. Listen to the story.
Make sure to pronounce Chateauneuf du Pape correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y46M1eAAKc
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is famous for its powerful, rich, spicy and full-bodied red wines made from classic southern Rhône grapes in the South of France.
But Châteauneuf is also famous for being one of the rare appellations to allow a huge variety of grape varieties (including red AND white grapes) to be blended together to make red wines.
The fact of the matter is that the appellation of Châteauneuf allows up to 18 different grapes to be used under the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP regulations.
5 of these 18 grapes are actually very rare and hardly used except in very small quantities at some wineries that happen to have small plots of it remaining from an old tradition or working at reviving them.
The original legal text of the AOC Chateauneuf du Pape dating back to 1936 only allowed 13 grapes. The 5 rare ones were added in a recent amendment in 2009.
This is why you will generally hear people talk about Chateauneuf as having 13 grape varieties allowed, even though there are now in reality 18.
So next time you hear someone boasting about how smart they are and how much they know about wine saying there are 13 grapes n Chateauneuf, you can beat them at it at confirm to them there are in fact.
After watching this video you will even be able to give the names of these 18 grapes.
Those 18 grape varieties are:
A. The Mainstream grapes
3. Mourvèdre (those 3 making the majority of most wines in reality), but also:
B. Other allowed red grapes
1. Counoise: the only other red grape to be used here in significant quantity, the other generally representing small proportions in blends
5. Picpoul Noir
6. Terret Noir
C. Authorised white grapes
1. Grenache Blanc
D. The 5 very rare grapes that are allowed:
1. Clairette Rosé
2. Grenache Gris
4. Picpoul Blanc
5. Picpoul Gris
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