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New exhibition explores influence of Avignon Papacy on Châteauneuf du Pape

Published:  03 December, 2015

A new exhibition has opened in Châteauneuf du Pape which explores the relationship between the appelation and the Avignon Papacy.

The Wines of the Avignon Popes asks why this particular style of wine was so attractive and looks at the historic reasons behind some planting locations. It also reflects on the way papal influence has helped shaped the subsequent reputation of Châteauneuf du Pape.

The exhibition covers both the period 1309 to 1377, during which seven successive Popes - all French - resided in Avignon rather than Rome, and the subsequent Great Schism, which lasted until 1403, during which there were rival Popes in both Avignon and Rome.

The Wines of the Avignon Popes is being held by Le Cellier des Princes in its new 300m² cellars in Courthezon, Châteauneuf du Pape.

Charles Elms, director at Free Run Wines, said: "Le Cellier des Princes is a fantastic producer. Their position as the only cooperative in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation means that they have access to the very best fruit, resulting in very high quality wines.

"This exhibition highlights Le Cellier des Princes as one of the leading producers of Châteauneuf du Pape."

Cellier des Princes

The Wines of the Avignon Popes runs until December 31, and is being held in conjunction with the European Association of Wine Tourism.

It is an extension of the successful six-month long exhibition Châteauneuf du Pape, A Cru Over Time, hosted earlier this year by The Federation of Châteauneuf du Pape Producers.

Founded in 1925, Le Cellier des Princes produces wines from Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône Villages, and Côtes du Rhône, as well as a range of single varietals.

Le Cellier des Princes will be exhibiting on Free Run Wines' stand at France Under One Roof on February 10, 2016. The tasting is being held at The Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, Elverton Street, London SW1P 2QW.

To register for the trade and press tasting, click on the link here.

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