2016 Domaine Pontifical Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2016 Domaine Pontifical  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 85
Light red fruit oriented wine that finishes with strawberry and red cherries along with a hint of olives in the medium-bodied finish. Drink from 2022-2025.

Light red fruit oriented wine that finishes with strawberry and red cherries along with a hint of olives in the medium-bodied finish. Drink from 2022-2025.

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When to Drink Domaine Pontifical, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Pontifical can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour or less. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Beauchene is usually better with 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 2-8 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine Pontifical with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine Pontifical is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine Pontifical is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine Pontifical is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Domaine Pontifical is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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