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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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.

couleur
2018
Elegant and harmonious
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for harvest with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested over a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superb balance.
Rewards
91 pts - Jeb Dunnuck
17/20 -  Jancis Robinson

 

etiquette
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

70% Grenache
30% 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: 

Harvested between 14th September and 9th October 2018. 
60% of the wine was aged in 275-lt oak Laurus barrels for 16 months (1 & 2-year barrels).
Bottled on 24th July 2020. 8 235 bottles and 196 magnums produced.

 

Tasting notes: 

"The wine's deeper ruby/purple color is followed by classic notes of ripe black cherries, lavender, Provençal garrigue, and peppery herbs. With medium to full-bodied richness, a plimp, expansive mouthfeel, no hard edges, and a great finish, drink this pleasure-bent 2018 any time over the coming 7-8 years. I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep even longer." Jeb Dunnuck, october 2020

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Ideally open about one hour before serving between 13-15°C.
Optimum maturity: 2020 - 2028
ABV: 15%
 
Shoulder of lamb with green olives
Filet of hare with chestnuts

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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