2019 Domaine Benedetti Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Larmes Papales Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


2019 Domaine Benedetti Les Larmes Papales  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

One of the more unique wines from Chateauneuf as a portion of their grapes are dried on straw mats. Initially on the nose you notice smoke, espresso, thyme, licorice and dark, peppery cherries. Sweet, lush, round and polished on the palate, there is an enjoyable blast of dark ripe cherries with a touch of oak in the finish. Drink from 2023 - 2035 91 Points

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When to Drink Domaine Benedetti, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

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

Domaine Benedetti 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 2-9 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine Benedetti with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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

Domaine Benedetti is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Domaine Benedetti is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

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