Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Private Reserve 2010

Château La Nerthe

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Private Reserve 2010

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: France / Rhône
Grapes: 42% Grenache Noir, 39% Syrah, 15% Mouvèdre, 4% Cinsault

Chateau La Nerthe is one of the oldest and largest estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. The terroir is typical for the region with vineyards on a slope with sandy-clay soil. On the surface there is a layer of the famous galets (large, round, well-worn stones that originated in the alps) having been carried down to the Rhône region by glaciers during the ice ages. The farther down the slope of the vineyard the more these stones dominate. Grenache dominates 62% of vineyards with an average vine age of over 40 years. All grapes are handpicked, sorted and put into vats for 18 to 21 days, with regular pump overs and punch downs. Maceration lasts an additional 18 to 20 days and at the end they're racked into concrete tanks for malolactic fermentation. Once this second fermentation is complete, the cuvée is racked in large French oak casks ('Foundres') and aged for 12 months before blending and bottled 6 months later.

harvest note

Winter 2009-2010 was particularly cold and wet in the South of France, unusual for this region, with two snowfalls in Châteauneuf du Pape (January 8th with 12 inches and March 7th with 8 inches). Spring was wet, typical for that time of year, but with temperature fluctuations and mistral blowing. This caused late bud burst and flowering, the result was a major coulure. From mid-June there was an intense drought that lasted until early September. There very hot temperatures during the day but fortunately cooler at night. This was perfect for aromas and polyphenols synthesis in the grape skin. The vines were not affected by the drought thanks to the large water reserve the soil had accumulated all winter. Harvesting started on September 1st, 2010. The grapes were perfectly preserved, but like in many other properties in Châteauneuf du Pape, the crop was 20% less than usual due to the poor flowering.

tasting note

This elegant and modern styled wine shows ripe dark berries, with a touch of 'garrigue' and pepper. The mouth is round, with silky tannins and sweet spices. We have once again these ripe and over ripe dark fruits, cherry and blackberry. Enjoyable now, but can also be aged for an additional 10 to 20 years in propoer storage conditions.

food pairing

Oven-roasted leg of lamb, wild boar stew and duck parmentier.

technical data

GRAPES: 42% Grenache Noir, 39% Syrah, 15% Mouvèdre, 4% Cinsault
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf du Pape
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 5.28 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: Aged large caks for 12 months
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes

points of distinction

  • Produced by one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s oldest and most storied estates
  • Certified AB Organic – protecting the environment since 1998 by Eco-Cert
  • Estate grown, hand harvested, estate bottled
  • Can be enjoyed upon release or aged
  • Average vine age – 40 years
  • about the grape +
Chateau-la-nerthe-230px Ralph-garcin-winemaker-230px

One of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s oldest estates, archives affirm Château La Nerthe’s existence as early as 1560 and suggest an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region’s wine culture in the 12th century.

– Ralph Garcin, Winemaker

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