Charvin Chateauneufs du Pape are very popular these days among Southern Rhone enthusiasts. They are also somewhat pricey, and, as a result, I haven't tried one. This Vin de Pays gave me an affordable look at the Charvin style. And I'm impressed.
Very dark. Black fruits dominate.Spicy and peppery but not your typical Southern Rhone at all. Has some New World qualities and a good bit of Merlot in the blend. Nothing green or mean about this Merlot, though. Dark, ripe and full bodied. No matter what your wine biases might be, there is much for your to like in this wine.