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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.

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2018
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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 harvests with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for 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 superbe balance.
Rewards

92 pts  Wine Enthusiast

92 pts  Robert Parker

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

50% Clairette, 30% Grenache blanc, 20% Bourboulenc

Terroir: 

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.

 

Winemaking: 

Beginning of harvest on September 11, 2018. 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 three barrels. Matured 7 months in Laurus barrels. No malo-lactic fermentation to retain as much fresh acidity as possible. 
Bottled on June 19, 2019.
394 bottles produced.
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

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.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Served at 10-12°C
Optimum maturity : 2019 - 2026
ABV : 13.5%
 
Risotto with white truffle
Monkfish medallion with crayfish
Seared scallops in persillade

Age of vines & yield: 

40 years on average - 27hl/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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