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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.

couleur
2012
Fruit & Balance
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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
etiquette
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

60% Grenache
40% Syrah

Terroir: 

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.

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 – Ideal when opened 1-hour ahead

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

Optimum maturity: 2015-2022
ABV : 14,5%

Age of vines & yield: 

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.

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