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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Appellation d'origine protégée

This unique wine gets its character from its specific terroir: round pebbles give the aromatic strength while clayey limestone brings finesse and beautiful elegance.

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2012
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A dry and cold winter with many days of Mistral wind which left the vines healthy and disease-free. Followed a very wet Spring which pushed back the flowering by 2 weeks. The summer months were hot, allowing for an excellent concentration of the grapes. Harvest started on September 20th, under warm, sunny conditions.

Rewards
89   Wine Spectator
90   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
92   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
92-94   International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • 60% Grenache
  • 40% Syrah

Terroir: 

Rolled pebbles in the "La Crau" sector, on quaternary terraces for the Grenache grapes.

Clay and limestone soils from the Cretaceous period and soft sandstone from the Miocene period for the Syrah grapes.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest. Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. A 21-day maceration period with regular punch-downs and rack & return (délestage) operations. Malolactic fermentation. 12 months elevage of the Syrah in 275-litre Laurus barrels (mix of new, 1-year and 2-year barrels).

Production : 7,850 bottles
Bottled on : 8 July 2014

Tasting notes: 

Intense, deep red colour. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and strawberry. Full-bodied on the palate with notes of ripe plums and spice. Rich, long finish. A wine that is already very enjoyable but also has good aging potential. (Tasted August 2014)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C – A ouvrir idéalement 1h avant

Braised beed chop
Roast veal with morels

Optimum maturity : 2015-2022

By choosing Châteauneuf as their summer residence, the Popes greatly promoted the production of wine and developed the vineyard, making it into one of the jewels of the Rhône Valley.

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