Movie & Wine Pairing


Le Prince de Courthézon Prestige 2016
Côtes-du-Rhône AOC, France

The Lion in Winter (1968)

The verbal sparks fly between Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn in this beloved adaptation of James Goldman’s stage play. Enjoy the spice and peppery notes in this French red blend and be transported to Henry II’s Christmas court in 1183, where he will decide which of his sons will succeed him as King. Of course, Hepburn’s Eleanor of Aquitaine has her own opinions, and the chemistry (and quarrels) between the two leads is as delectable as this delicious wine.


Thierry Ferlay is a BIG star in France’s Rhône Valley, and his best-selling Le Prince de Courthézon is a perennial customer favorite. To celebrate the Rhône’s fantastic 2016 harvest – which Master of Wine Jancis Robinson calls “one of the great vintages” – Thierry crafted this limited-edition ‘Prestige’ cuvée. Made with handharvested Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from low-yielding (flavor-boosting!), 50-plus-year-old vines, it debuted to gold-medal wins at three of France’s top shows. With its powerful, dark-fruit flavors, it’s a dead-ringer for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.


Founded in 1924, Le Cellier des Princes is Châteauneuf’s only growers’ co-op, known for its great-value, single-estate wines. Winemaker Thierry Ferlay, (below, among his prized, old vines) has worked extensively in the Rhône, across southern France, and at a top Australian estate. He now crafts multiple medal-winning wines that combine ‘New World’ flair (the Aussie influence) with traditional ‘Old World’ methods (à la France).


WM_ThierryFerlayThe village of Courthézon lies just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Rhône’s most famous appellation. The border is political, established to protect Châteauneuf prices. In vineyards on either side, you’ll find the same soil and sloping lines of low-yielding old vines as well as flavor-boosting galet stones, natural radiators that trap heat and release it to the vines at night.


stew_chorizostewWith its rich red fruit and spice notes, Prestige will make a tasty match for savory red meats. Go for a juicy steak, wild boar sausages, or even braised venison. It’ll also shine alongside hearty chili or stews. For a classic French match, try beef bourguignon (a stew of beef and mushrooms simmered in red wine) or cassoulet (a pork and white bean casserole).

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