2018 Domaine de Pignan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Coralie et Floriane Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


2018 Domaine de Pignan Cuvée Spéciale Coralie et Floriane  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Elegant, silky and fresh, there is a gorgeous sense of purity here on the nose and on the refined, spicy, peppery, meaty, red berry, medium-bodied palate. The wine blends roughly 34% Grenache, 33 % Mourvedre and 33% Syrah. 93 Points

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When to Drink Domaine de Pignan, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

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

Domaine de Pignan is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-10 years after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Domaine de Pignan with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

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

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

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

Domaine de Pignan Cuvee des Bousquets comes from blending 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache. The wine is aged in a combination of new, French oak barrels and foudres for 12 to 18 months. The production is small at close to 170 cases per vintage. Cuvee des Bousquets is no longer in production.

At one time, Domaine de Pignan also produced a Cuvee Speciale from a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache. That wine has been discontinued.