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Papa Provençal

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Region:
Southern Rhône, France
Founded:
2011
Owner / Winemaker:
Laurent Cornud, Gerard Paillet, James Dunstan
Size, Total Production:
N/A ha, 35,000 bottles
Climate:
Dry, Mediterranean with Mistral wind
Soils:
Limestone and clay, sand
Grapes:
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Muscat a Petits Grains
Organic Status:
Lutte raisonnée
About:
La Cuvée by Papa P, is a wine made by us, and for us with the assistance of Gerard Paillet, former owner/winemaker at Domaine de Cassan, and our Papa Provençal, and Laurent Cornud, winemaker and consultant oenologist in Beaumes de Venise.

Laurent makes wine for many local estates, thus knows many sources of wine, much sold to large local negociants. Normally, unless you buy huge volumes, it’s hard to get a great price. But if you know the cellars well, like Laurent, you can get a reasonable price and, more importantly, you can be selective about the wine to create exactly the style of blend you want. And that’s what I do. I’ve asked Laurent to select wines based on my preference for freshness and elegance with a great core of fruit, in both red and white, as well as a good lick of spice and herbes de provence to reflect the local Provençal culture.

The result is a pair of wines that offer outstanding value, very much a personal blend, showing great local fruit character and fine balance. These are smart, casual, daily drinking wines, that are also good enough for the table.

Wines from Papa Provençal

Papa Provençal Vin de France Cuvee V by James Blanc 2015

Grenache Blanc 50%, Clairette 47%, Muscat 3%
This is our own original blend. Made by us... for you! I make it with the assistance of my "Papa Provençal", former vigneron of Domaine de Cassan, and a local winemaker consultant who works with 25 local estates in the Ventoux and Beaumes de Venise and who knows just where to source the best wines to blend to my style. Fruit, freshness and finesse are the pre-requisites; I look for the opposite of people's image of heavy, dense, sweet wines from the Rhône. The white is always light but aromatic with stone and citrus fruits and herbs. It comes from old vines in the Ventoux, farmed basically organically and made and aged traditionally in concrete tank.
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Retail Price: ¥1,728
Availability: Available
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Papa Provençal Vin de France Cuvee V by James Muscat Sec 2015

Muscat a Petits Grains 100%
From sandy soils near sea between Avignon and Montpellier, combines classichoney and salty acidity, to make a unique style. Simple winemaking.
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Retail Price: ¥1,944
Availability: Available
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Papa Provençal Vin de France Cuvee V by James Rose 2015

Grenache 70%, Cinsault 30%
This is our own exclusive blend, made by us, just 200 cases made. For you! It was a challenge to make a rosé with both freshness and fruit in 2015 due to the summer warmth. Much of what we tasted was too sweet, too heavy. So we put in a bit more Cinsault than Grenache for better balance. From old vines on limestone at 400m, by direct press in concrete tank. Silky. Refreshing, juicy. Outstanding value for a limited version artisan wine.
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Retail Price: ¥1,944
Availability: Available
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Papa Provençal Vin de France La Cuvée Rouge 2014

Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
This is our own original blend. Made by us... for you! I make it with the assistance of my "Papa Provençal", former vigneron of Domaine de Cassan, and a local winemaker consultant who works with 25 local estates in the Ventoux and Beaumes de Venise and who knows just where to source the best wines to blend to my style. Fruit, freshness and finesse are the pre-requisites; I look for the opposite of people's image of heavy, dense, sweet wines from the Rhône. The red is always light but aromatic with perfumed red fruits. It comes from old vines in the Ventoux, farmed basically organically and made and aged traditionally in concrete tank.
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Retail Price: ¥1,728
Availability: Sold Out
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Papa Provençal Vin de France Cuvee V by James Syrah 2015

Syrah 100%
My goal in making this wine was to blend different parcels of Syrah from the Ventoux region of the Southern Rhone to produce a Syrah with richer, sweeter fruit than is typical of a Northern Rhone Syrah, but still captures the varietal character but with more freshness than is typical of Southern Rhone. My winemaker is really getting to know my style now after we've been working together for 5 years!
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Retail Price: ¥1,944
Availability: Available
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