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WINEMAKER TASTING: Baptiste Grangeon of Chapelle St-Theodoric

Chapelle St-Theodoric... you may recognize the name if you've browsed our Châteauneuf-du-Pape section.

Well, we've got an upcoming event that will ensure you never forget it:

Join us on Thursday evening, January 31, from 5:30-7:30pm for a special in-store winemaker tasting featuring Baptiste Grangeon and a line-up of his acclaimed 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines!

If you haven't had the chance to taste a CndP from Chapelle St-Theodoric, here's a little background.

Chapelle St-Theodoric is a joint project between our own Peter Weygandt and Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine du Cristia.

The grapes are 100% Grenache, grown on three hectares in the La Guigasse and Rayas lieux-dits, and vinified as whole clusters before being aged for 24 months in demi-muids.

The goal: to showcase old-vine Grenache grown in sandy soils, bottle the wine without fining or filtration, and keep yields extremely low in order to capture the essence of these sites.

Of course, it's better to hear about the process from—and taste the wines with—the winemaker himself.

On Thursday evening, January 31, Baptiste will be pouring and discussing the project's full line-up from 2016, a vintage Jeb Dunnuck has called "the greatest young vintage from the Southern Rhône Valley I’ve ever tasted, both in terms of quality as well as consistency."

There are 3 cuvées in total (2 of which are available in both 750ml bottles and 1.5L magnums), including the 95-97-point "La Guigasse" that The Wine Advocate's Joe Czerwinski called "a stunning example of 70-year-old Grenache from the sandy lieu-dit of the same name.”

Click here for more details, including tasting notes and pricing...

...then join us on Thursday, January 31 to form your own impression! We promise you won't be disappointed.