Classification of Top Chateauneuf du Pape Producers
Classifications do have a bit of an archaic feel to them, though I freely admit that I’m a sucker when it comes to ranking favorites. The NFL power ranking, BCS polls and top statistical categories that riddle the ESPN airwaves on Sports Center have trickled their way into my fascination with wine. So I figured ranking the top echelon of Chateuaneuf producers would be a fun little exercise. Disagreements are certainly going to arise, but I’m most interested in seeing where we all are on the same page (considering the wines from the region vary widely in terms of style). We don’t have to use a 5 tier format a la Bordeaux (as that seems to be a bit tedious), so let’s keep this to the top 3 growths, with each subsequent growth having less stringent standards. Make a case for or against any which wine you please, and feel free to offer up who your top dogs are & why.
Without the most intense deliberation, these are the domaines that I believe are making the best wines in the region today: