If you are thinking the taste and nose of red from Chateauneuf du Papes is spicy, heavy, lack of elegance and finesse. How about trying the white? I love it at my first sip. The humid and hot weather of that area is so difficult to produce white wine, that’s why 94% of the wine produced is red while the white is much rarer.
Close des Papes by Paul Avril is my favourite brand, their family has been a winegrower since 1600. Their white wine is a kind of full body and long-keeping selection, I bought a few bottles of 2003, leathery and nutty taste at the beginning and the honey favour sharp cut at the end. Breath it in 45 mins before serve and take it out from the ice bucket during the dinner, otherwise, you can’t feel the complexity taste. Don’t forget hanging around other wine shops for tasting, Les Caves St Charles is a shop with tasting session and offer DHL delivery service if you are taking order from them.
If you wanna have a walk after a massive lunch, Pont de Gard is worth to go. It is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River. That’s absolutely amazing!