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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.

Elegance & Ripeness of fruit
The hot dry spring heralded an early harvest, but a contrasted summer (cool and wet in July and hot and dry in August) followed by a fine Indian summer provided ideal grape ripening conditions. Grape harvests began on the 10th September.
91   Wine Spectator
87   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
15.5/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve  
92   Vinous - Josh Raynolds


65% Grenache
35% Syrah


Selection of two terroirs to achieve a fine balance between strength and elegance:
- 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.
Facing north/south.


Manual harvest. Grapes are de-stemmed and pressed. A 21-day maceration period with regular punch-downs and rack & return operations. Malolactic fermentation. 14 months elevage of the Syrah in 275-litre Laurus barrels (new, 1 wine and 2 wines).

Production: 13,000 bottles
Bottled on: 25/04/2013

Note de dégustation: 

Dark red colour. The nose includes aromas of ripe red berries, blackcurrant and raspberry. On the palate, the spicy notes and structure are typical of Grenaches grapes grown in La Crau. The finish is marked
by Syrah grapes produced on “cooler” soils, with a very pleasant freshness and elegant tannins (June 2014).

Service & accords: 

16-18°C – Ideal when opened 1-hour ahead

Duck confit
Lamb marinated with cep mushrooms (porcini)
Loin of veal à la provençale

Optimum maturity: 2014-2021

Age des vignes & rendement: 

31 years on average & Grenache vines over 80 years of age - 30 hl/ha

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.