Saturday, January 11, 2014

Charles Melton 2011 La Belle Mere Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

The story is that the Barossa Valley's Charlie Melton didn't think the 2011 juice earmarked for Nine Popes was quite up to scratch. So he created a new label that he probably hopes will be a one off called La Belle Mere.

Nine Popes is a label that's reached iconic status in its nearly 30 year history. It was conceived as a tribute to the wines of Chateauneuf de Pape in south eastern France. Eight hundred years ago the Papacy was relocated to the region and consequently we have the "New Castle of the Popes". But neuf can also mean nine so we have Nine Popes. LOL as they say in the abbreviated world of texting and social media.

As with all French appellations there are strict guidelines. There are thirteen permitted varieties and surprise, surprise Charlie's Nine Popes combination of grenache, shiraz and mataro [aka mourvedre] are three of them.
 Nine Popes retails for around the $60 mark and believe me this is way better than a third of the quality. Most of us think Charlie was a bit hard on himself but a few of you can enjoy one of the premium red bargains of the year. Obviously there's not much as there's never much Nine Popes.

Our Price: $20 per bottle by the mixed or straight dozen


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