This unique wine gets its character from its specific terroir: round pebbles give the aromatic strength while clayey limestone brings finesse and beautiful elegance.
50% terroirs of Quarzite and Silica in the form of round stones carried by the Rhône River on the Southwestern sector of the La Crau vineyard for the Grenache, and 50% sandy red clay from the southern sector of Fines Roches for the Clairette and Bourboulenc grapes.
The Grenache grapes were harvested around early to mid September, 15 days prior to the Clairette and Bourboulenc grapes which, once harvested, were co-fermented. All grapes were hand harvested in small crates and transported to the winery nearby, which are then chilled down in a refrigeration tunnel. They are then destemmed and pressed rapidly to avoid any oxidation of the juices. Following a short decanting to remove the gross lees, the juice is fermented directly in two barrels, one new/one 2 years old. No malo-lactic fermentation to retain as much fresh acidity as possible. Racked in May and bottled after nine months.
The blend of these 3 grape varieties produces a classic and elegant white-flesh fruit notes such as peach, pear and apple. Rich and slightly tropical flavours come forth on the palate along with an almost creamy texture on the finish.
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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