Domaine de la Ronciere – Jean-Louis Canto (Chateauneuf-du-Pape)

The small town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape near Orange in the hot windswept south of France is the epicentre of the southern Rhone and well-known for its big, bold, sometimes dusty reds. Jean-Louis and Martine Canto make Chateauneuf-du-Pape in both colours, a violetty-peppery Cotes du Rhone and a deep, more serious Reserve. All of their reds are Grenache-heavy with Syrah and occasionally a splash of Mourvedre for that added dark twist. Top of the range is their Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Flor de Ronce” from a small parcel of 100 year-old vines on the road to Courthezon.