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Benedictus de Vatican 20ème Anniversaire 2015
Vin de France

Giant (1956)
MONDAY, JULY 23 @ 08:00 PM (ET)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 10:30 AM (ET)

This deep, velvety, Rhône red comes from one of France’s oldest winemaking dynasties, so pair it with a story of another family dynasty: George Stevens’ starstudded adaptation of Edna Ferber’s best-selling novel. Set in the world of Texas oil barons, it’s a captivating epic, and a mid-century Western that wasn’t afraid to bring up controversial topics at a particularly volatile point in America’s civil rights movement. And what a cast! Enjoy Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his final film performance.

THE WINE

The Diffonty family are one of the oldest winemaking dynasties in France’s southern Rhône Valley – and as you’d expect, they also make serious Châteauneuf-du-Pape (the southern Rhône’s most prized red). To mark the 20th anniversary of our friendship with the family, proprietor Jean-Marc Diffonty (below) has crafted this unique ‘blessing’ – a benedictus of his finest Côtes-du-Rhône cuvée, turbo-charged with his famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Jean-Marc’s gnarled, old vines produced seriously concentrated grapes during exceptional 2015, which has been hailed as a “power vintage” (Wine Spectator) that could be “the best in 50 years” (Decanter). A classic Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend, Benedictus overflows with aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, cherries, plums, and a spicy tobacco note. With the trademark, deep velvety core that fans of fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape crave, this makes a spectacular choice for a hearty meal (or anytime you want to pop the cork and impress some guests).

THE FAMILY

WM_JeanMarcDiffontyTop critic Robert Parker is a longtime fan of the Diffonty family. Theirs was the first case of Châteauneuf he ever bought, and as he recently noted, Jean-Marc “has been doing a fabulous job here for more than a decade.” In fact, the family makes wines so heavenly, even Pope John XXIII was taken by them. He blessed the estate in 1958, and to this day, a case of their wine is sent to Rome every year.

WITH FOOD

game_venisonbraisedWhen the Diffonty family serve their rich Rhône reds to guests, they pair them with local game meats. Benedictus will be delicious with braised venison shanks, wild boar sausages, or bison burgers. You could also try it with roast lamb or juicy pork chops seasoned with rosemary and thyme. In the cooler months, we suggest sipping it with a hearty stew (made with or without meat).

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