Jean-Marc Diffonty “has been doing a fabulous job” at his family’s historic estate.
Châteauneuf enthusiast and top critic, Robert Parker
The Diffonty family are one of the oldest winemaking dynasties in the southern Rhône – as you’d expect, they also make serious Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their cuvées have been blessed by the Pope and Parker (in fact, their 1970 release was the first case of Châteauneuf the famed critic ever bought, launching his love of wine and decades-long career).
To mark the 20th anniversary of our own friendship with the family, Jean-Marc Diffonty has crafted this unique ‘blessing’ – a benedictus of his finest Côtes-du-Rhône cuvée, turbo-charged with his famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In this classic Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend, you’ll enjoy aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, cherries, and plums with a spicy tobacco note and that trademark, deep velvety core that fans of fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape love. A spectacular choice for roasted meats, cheese plates, or hearty vegetarian stews (or anytime you want to pop the cork and impress some guests).
As we feared, Jean-Marc only made a small amount of Benedictus. If you order now, you’ll thank yourself later.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
This is a great alternative to Chateauneuf du Pape. This wine benefits from decanting and a bit of breathing to truly express itself and soften the tannins to a velvety texture. This wine would be wonderful paired with foods such as game meats, sausage, and various comfort foods. Serve with a bit of dark chocolate and heavier cheeses for dessert to round out the meal.