The introduction of winemaking in France can be traced to the Greeks, who established vine cultivation at their Massalia settlement—modern-day Marseilles—in approximately 600 BCE. The Romans continued this trend with their arrival in the Southern Rhône in 125 BCE, and viticulture spread to the Northern Rhône by the first century.
In 1309, the Southern Rhône suddenly became the center of Christian Europe as Pope Clement V moved his court from Rome to Avignon. His successor began construction of the now-ruined summer papal palace, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and planted the surrounding vineyards. The Roman Catholic popes presided in Avignon until 1378, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape remained property of the papacy until 1791. However, the wine sourced from the papal vineyards—vin d’Avignon—was not bottled as Châteauneuf-du-Pape until the 19th century.
As wine fraud took hold in France during the decades of grafting and replanting following the epidemic of phylloxera, the growers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape prepared and imposed a set of rules for production, which became the prototype for the Appellation Contrôlée system, and in 1936, Châteauneuf-du-Pape became the first AOC (now AOP) in France.
Our dinner will focus slightly more on the Southern Rhône with Domaine du Gour de Chaulé, Gigondas Rose-Rouge and an excellent 2010 vintage of Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape poured out of Magnum bottles.A refreshing Monier Perréol Saint-Joseph Blanc and the legendary Yves Cuilleron’s very late-picked botrityesed Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier will present a taste of the Northern Rhône.
Please join Sommelier Imre Papp, our Chefs Rick Mace and Julie Franceschini for a four-course wine dinner.
Reception 6:45 pm | Dinner 7 pm | $145, excluding tax and gratuity.
RSVP@561.655.6060 or by email: IPapp@danielnyc.com
Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach 33480.