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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.

After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with picking taking place between early to late September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days,  fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative particularly for southern appellations.
93-95 pts    Jeb Dunnuck
94 pts        Wine Enthusiast
92-94 pts   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
91-93 pts    Vinous - Josh Raynolds
92 pts         Wine Spectator




65% Grenache
35% 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.


Harvest between 16th September and 23rd October 2016. 60% of the blend is aged in 275-liter Laurus oak barrels for 16 months.
Bottled on 12th July 2018.
17 823 bottles, 181 magnums, 30 jéroboams and 10 mathusalems produced.

Note de dégustation: 

"Offers an alluring smoldering edge, with singed alder, tobacco and mocha notes working together to augment the core of steeped black currant and black cherry fruit. A licorice root echo runs through the finish, imparting an extra twinge of grip." Wine Spectator, March 2019

Service & accords: 

Serve at 16-18°C – Ideally open about 1 hour before serving
Optimum maturity: 2018 - 2026 - ABV: 15,5°
Pigeon with truffle from the Mont Ventoux
Stuffed ceps

Age des vignes & rendement: 

40 years on average with Grenaches vines of more than 80 years.
31 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.