Domaine Santa Duc Habemus Papam – The name of the wine can be translated into “We Have a Pope.” This was done as an hommage to Pope Jean XXII, who was a native from Cahors, in the Northern Rhone Valley. It was Pope Jean XXII who became the first Pope to reside in Avignon.
The wine is produced blending 64% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 1% Counoise. The terroir is sand, rock and stone soils in the la Crau, la Font du Pape, le Pied de Baud, Pradel and les Saintes Vierges lieux-dits. The grapes are whole bunch fermented. The wine is aged in foudres for 18 months before bottling.
Beginning with the 2012 vintage, they were certified for biodynamic farming practices.
At 97 pts. and under $40 for a CDP, this is a no brainer. Very approachable today and will evolve for the next 5 years. Do not miss!!!
“Still in foudre, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam looks to have softened considerably since I tasted it last year. Floral-herbal notes accent ripe cherries, while the palate boasts a wonderfully rich, creamy texture. Full-bodied, with supple tannins, this tour de force is long, silky and elegant.” WA 95-97
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