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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

91-93 pts    Vinous - Josh Raynolds

92-94 pts   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate



Grape Varieties: 

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.

Tasting notes: 

"Similar in style to the 2015, yet with more blue fruits, the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Laurus boasts terrific notes of plum, blueberries, and peppery herbs, as well as a full-bodied, unctuous, layered and downright decadent style on the palate. Despite that overall richness level, it stays light and balanced, with fabulous tannin quality and a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck - 19th october 2017

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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 of vines & yield: 

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.

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