The Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du Pape was released by Costco in late 2018, and it looks to be a winner for lovers of Rhone blends. In fact, the wine is a collaboration between Costco and the Rhone Valley winemaker Guillaume Berrouet, who’s known for making some of the best Cotes du Rhone blends in the business. The collaboration is aiming to bring Berrouet’s style of Rhone wine to the masses, by putting a value price on top-quality wine.

Even though the French wine industry is in a downward spiral, it is undeniable that France is the heart of fine wine. It is one of the oldest wine producing countries and has some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. When you walk into a wine shop, you will see several wine labels from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Languedoc-Roussillon. But when you start looking for a Chateauneuf du Pape, you will find very little to choose from.

Other than the launch of a new wine varietal or area in Kirkland, this is a bottle of Kirkland I look forward to every year.

The fact that I love Chateauneuf wines, combined with the fact that you can’t usually buy good wines in this $20 price range, makes this wine a find at Costco.

And we tried them for a while.  Here you can see an overview of our historical ratings for Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du Pape.

2018 90 points

2016 90 points

2015 89 points

2014 88 Punkte

2013 93 points

2012 91 points

2011 92 points

2010 91 points

2009 91 points

Thus, many 90 points have been achieved over the years. The 2013 vintage really stands out; I’d love to try one now.

Not surprisingly, the price has gone up slightly this year, from $20.99 to $21.99, which isn’t too bad.  A few years ago, you could buy this bottle for $17.99.

When I discovered this new 2019 vintage, I bought three bottles, as I usually do.  One thing you can try now, one thing you can drink in the future, and one thing you can put off for a while.

While keeping the other two in my cellar, I discovered the 2018 Chateauneuf Kirkland vintage and thought it would be interesting to drink them side by side.  I was also curious to see how it would taste after another year in the bottle.

The distribution of grape varieties is the same for both wines: 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

I tasted both wines immediately after pouring and found they needed some air. So I poured them into carafes and returned about 45 minutes later for the tasting.

My first thought about both is that it’s almost a sin to drink them so young.  They are fun when they are young, but can really develop after a few years.  I have stuff in the basement for that now.

Today’s 2018 tasting was very similar to the tasting notes from my last review just under a year ago.

It also helped me come to the conclusion that 2019 is a good wine, but not of the same caliber as 2018 or 2016.  He’s a little behind.

The 2019 vintage has a medium ruby color in the glass; the nose is earthy, coffee grounds and some dark berries. The wine is medium bodied with a good aroma, mainly of black fruits, blackberries, plums and anise; it is spicy and peppery on the finish with good acidity.

It’s a good wine, but perhaps a little disappointing when young.  The 2018 wine, aged a year longer, was a nice comparison and showed a bit more structure, more contrast between the red and dark fruit.  It will be interesting to see how the other 2019 bottles I bought do over time.

So I am lowering my score from 90 for 2018 to 88 for this year 2019.  Again, this is a good wine that will appeal to many Rhone lovers, but it doesn’t live up to the level I expect from Chateauneuf, but I think that will change when I taste it again in a few years.

CostcoWineBlog.com score: 88 points

The part number at Costco: 777662

Bought it at Costco: Atlanta, Georgia

Alc. 15.5%

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who makes Kirkland Chateauneuf du Pape?

When the winery’s owner, Pierre Lurton, was asked who makes kirkland chateauneuf-du-pape in an interview with the New York Times, he responded, “Wine is like an orchestra made up of all the people who work in the vineyard.” Indeed, winemaking is a collaborative effort, and the quality of chateauneuf-du-pape depends on the expertise of everyone involved. For that reason, it’s often said that the best chateauneuf-du-pape is made by the co-op run by the growers of the Rhone Valley. Chateauneuf du Pape wines are produced in a small region in southern France, near the town of Avignon. This region is just north of the Rhone River, and is part of the Appellation Appellations of Origin Coteaux du Tricastin. (AOC) Their wines are full-bodied reds that are a blend of Grenache Noir (70%), Mourvedre (20%) and Syrah (10%). The grapes for these wines must be grown in a specific terroir, or soil, that is poor and rocky, and that has a high elevation of more than 800 feet.

What is the best year for Chateauneuf du Pape?

If you’re contemplating buying a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape in a year other than 2014, you’re in good company: Chateauneuf du Pape is the third most-purchased wine in the world. But before you grab the newest vintage, it’s worth taking a few moments to consider when the grapes were harvested. The earliest vintages of Chateauneuf du Pape were produced from grapes picked in the autumn; the most recent vintages, however, are produced from grapes harvested in early summer. This is a matter of tradition, since the grapes would have allowed to hang on the vine for a longer period of time and develop deeper, richer flavors. Chateauneuf du Pape is a red wine made in the Rhone Valley in France. Chateauneuf-du-Pape translates to “Pope’s new castle from the Popes” as a result of the wine’s popularity with various popes that have been drinking it for years. While the wine originates from the southern Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is made from several grape varietals which are blended together to produce a wine with a deep, rich color and a hint of spice in the aftertaste.

How much does Chateauneuf du Pape cost?

The Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of the Rhone Valley is well known for producing strong, alcoholic wines that have a high price tag—most of them are well above $100. Chateauneuf du Pape is probably one of the most well known wines from France. It has a lot of history and is produced in a specific region in the south of France. Due to the fact that Chateauneuf du Pape is produced in such a small region and has a lot of history, it is a very expensive wine.

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