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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.


In the Southern Rhône Valley, the Winter/Spring period was quite cold, with an unstable warm/cold phenomenon in the Spring. These conditions resulted in a very poor flowering for the Grenache and an important “coulure”, or shatter, effect, resulting in a much smaller Grenache harvest than usual. The Syrah fared better and resulted in a normal crop.

Harvest took place between the 25th September and 15th October.


92    Vinous - Josh Raynolds 

90   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker


Grape Varieties: 

  • 57% Grenache
  • 43% Syrah


The Grenache grapes come from the sector of "La Crau", a large quaternary terrace covered with large pebble stones, giving the wine structure and body.

The Syrah grapes are grown on clay-limestone soils from the Cretaceous period, bringing great elegance and finesse to the wine.


Entirely manual harvest. Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. 3 weeks maceration period with regular punch-downs and rack & return (délestage) operations. 17 months elevage of the Syrah in 275-litre Laurus barrels (mix of one, two and three-year old barrels).

10 900 bottles produced
Bottled on 18th June 2015

Tasting notes: 

"Deep ruby. Expressive, mineral-tinged aromas of red berry liqueur, cassis, garrigue and woodsmoke show a subtle emerging vanilla quality. Palate-caressing black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are complemented by hints of allspice and candied flowers. Open-knit and seamless, with excellent finishing power; velvety tannins add shapeliness and gentle grip." Josh Raynolds for Vinous Media. April 2016

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18°C – Ideally open about 1 hour before serving

Duck aiguillettes with green pepper sauce
Angus prime rib steak

Optimum maturity: 2015 - 2021 - ABV: 14,5°

Age of vines & yield: 

40 years on average & 80 year-old Grenaches - 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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