The French wine rules are famous the world over, from what can be named Champagne to what grapes are allowed in a Bordeaux blend, there are several historical examples of French law-makers doing much to protect their heritage and identity.
What lovers of French wine may not know (unless they have travelled through France and sampled the wine, cheese and bread that really has to be tasted to be believed) is that in the region of Chateauneuf-du-Papes, it is illegal for… flying saucers to fly over the vineyards.
Strange but true. The law was passed in 1957 and as far as the Walkabout Crew are aware, has not been repealed.
But onto our review…
Given the region, we thought we were opening a bottle of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre, but the lightness in the glass and brownish colour was much more like a Pinot Noir. The nose and taste were similarly Pinot Noir like (we genuinely have no idea what grapes were actually in the wine since French wine is described by terroir rather than grape)
A nice enough wine, but there are better Australian wines at cheaper prices.
The closest comparison we could think of was Boat O’ Craigo 2016 Black Spur Pinot Noir for anyone wanting a point of comparison.