There’s a reason the duck is taking center stage and you can hardly see the wine in this pic: I’m not much of a fan of the blanc. This white Châteauneuf-du-Pape is from one of the region’s oldest producers, Chateau Le Nerthe. By the 1800s, its wines were apparently the most expensive in all of southern Rhône. History aside, this particular Roussane-based blanc left next to no impression on me. Sorry. It might have been a combination of things ― being drunk too late (it was a 2009, believe it or not) and poor storage conditions perhaps. For now, unless proven otherwise, I’m afraid I am going to have to stubbornly stick to what the region is best known for ― its incredible Syrahs and blends.