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