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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.

Elegant and harmonious
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.
91 pts - Jeb Dunnuck
17/20 -  Jancis Robinson




70% Grenache
30% Syrah


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.


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.


Note de dégustation: 

"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 & accords: 

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 des vignes & rendement: 

40 years (average) with some old Grenaches (80 years)

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.