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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Appellation d'origine protégée

This unique wine gets its character from its specific terroir: Grenache grapes sourced from pebbly soils of the famed La Crau area give the aromatic strength while Syrah grapes from limestone clay soils from the Cretaceous period bring finesse and beautiful elegance.

couleur
2017
Elegant and harmonious
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The 2017 vintage produced particularly elegant and harmonious wines with superb aromatic concentrations! However, the weather conditions did not make the work any easier... The harvest, after a particularly hot and dry spring, started almost 10 days early and we had to be particularly vigilant throughout the weeks to harvest in the best conditions. The harvest, which was small in quantity, gave us magnificent grapes, full of aromas and with great potential.
Rewards
93 pts   Wine Enthusiast
94 pts   Jeb Dunnuck

 

etiquette
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

65% Grenache 

35% Syrah

Terroir: 

The Grenache grapes come from the famed sector of "La Crau", a large Quaternary terrace covered with cobblestones, 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.

Winemaking: 

Harvest between 10th September and 1st October 2017. 
60% of the wine is aged in 275-lt oak Laurus barrels for 16 months (1 & 2-year barrels).
Bottled on 9th July 2019. 12 844 bottles, 188 magnums, 41 jéroboams and 5 mathusalems produced.

Tasting notes: 

"Deep ruby/plum color as well as a great bouquet of black raspberries, smoked herbs, licorice, ground pepper, and a touch of game. Full-bodied richness, no hard edges and solid length on the finish, it's a beautifully Provençal undeniably delicious 2017 to enjoy over the coming decade." Jeb Dunnuck 4/9/2020

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Ideally open about one hour before serving between 13-15°C.
Optimum maturity: 2019 - 2027
ABV: 15°
 
Pigeon with truffle from the Mont Ventoux
Stuffed ceps

Age of vines & yield: 

40 years (average) with some old Grenaches (80 years) - 21hl/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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