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Southern Rhône

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red

This pope of the southern Côtes-du-Rhône seduces with its richness and round tannins.

Soil type

Round pebbles and red clay.

Grape variety

85% old Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% others.

Average age of vines

45 years.

Winemaking

Traditional winemaking with temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation. 3 weeks maceration in tanks.

Ageing

2 years in oak foudres.

Average yield

33 Hl / hectare.

Average annual production

185.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Deep dark red.
Nose : Spices and mature red fruits.
Palate : Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits.
Overall : Very rich wine full of harmony and balance.
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Vintages 2005

 

Wine Advocate # 191 - Oct 2010

Score : 92 

The 2005, which seems to exhibit much more barnyard, earth, leather, and black fruit, appears to have lost the ferocity of its tannins through its long elevage, and it is still not yet in bottle. This is a deep, rich, concentrated wine that will probably spend as much time in foudre and tank as the famed Henri Bonneau's top cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2009

Score : 89

A dark, slightly chewy style, with braised beef, fig paste and currant notes laced with coffee and aged tobacco. There's a dash of roasted chestnut on the muscular finish. This is a solid, brawny version. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and others. Drink now through 2015. 14,165 cases made. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 10

Score : 90

 
Deep red. Complex aromas of dried red berries, garrigue, Asian spices and rose. Spicy red fruit flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and complemented by notes of succulent herbs and smoky spices. Well-structured but not hard, finishing with very good clarity, sappiness and lingering florality. Josh Raynolds.

 

Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 18/20

Une grande année pour l’appellation. Des arômes complexes, tertiaires, épicés, viandés, fruités, mais aussi réglisse, tabac. Vaste palette. Bouche concentrée et racée, avec de superbes tanins, de la fraîcheur et beaucoup d’équilibre.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

15 years

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game bird and cheese.

The cooperage

of the domain

Producing

exceptional wines