Les Cassagnes Côtes-du-Rhône Villages 2019

Château La Nerthe

Les Cassagnes Côtes-du-Rhône Villages 2019

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: France / Rhône
Grapes: 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% other indigenous varieties

This wine originates from Domaine Renjarde's vineyards in Serignan-du-Comtat, north of Orange and Avignon and Massif d'Uchaux. These vineyards are managed by the Chateau la Nerthe team with the same passion and experience for which the esteemed Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate is recognized. The 40+ year old vineyards contain all the traditional grape varietals of the Southern Rhône Valley: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

The vines are planted in different types of soil with calcareous sandstones and very little clay. Some of them are planted directly in the bedrock. These vineyards are located at altitudes up to 600 feet above sea level. The gently undulating slopes produce high quality grapes that turn into fleshy and balanced wines.

The grapes are manually harvested immediately when they hit maturity. They're then sorted on tables and lightly crushed in tanks. Smooth extraction of color and tannins results from several daily pump overs. Co-fermentation of the 3 varietals occurs in vats for a long maceration, about 4 weeks. Final blend is aged in concrete tanks for 9 months until bottling. The switch to concrete tanks was made starting with the 2017 vintage as it retains the fresh fruit expression of the wine, especially in warmer vintages.

91 Points

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2019 vintage
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harvest note

The 2019 vintage will be remembered for the excessively hot and dry summer which started with a heat wave at the end of June that had temperatures approaching 106°F. Throughout the summer the temperatures stayed above 90°F. This harvest was historic with grapes being picked over a 3 month span: August 30th to October 1st. The harvest occurred as early as 4 am to avoid the afternoon heat. This was a low yield vintage due to a large coulure on Grenache (1,304 g/a) compared to the 2,087 g/a on Syrah grapes. The result is a vibrant red wine which can be seen as a benchmark of the 2019 vintage.

tasting note

Power, structure and color are the signatures of this vintage. In appearance, a very deep purple with violet hints. On the nose, it's very expressive with notes of small red and black berries along with floral and spice notes. On the palate it's very round, dominated by the Syrah's spicy notes. Thanks to the tannins it shows excellent maturity and very good length with full ripeness. Additionally it's well balanced with significant aging potential.

food pairing

Enjoy with vegetable dishes, grilled red meats and pasta bolognese.

technical data

GRAPES: 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% other indigenous varieties
APPELLATION: Côtes du Rhône AOC
PH: 3.72
ACIDITY: 4.64
ABV: 15%
AGING: Aged on fine lees in concrete tanks for 9 months before bottling
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.4 g/L

points of distinction

  • Average vine age – 40+ years
  • Hand picked at perfect maturity
  • Different types of soil with calcareous rocks provide high quality natural filtration
  • Extraction done softly to bring out the brightness of the fruit and tannic qualities
  • about the grape +
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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.

– Rémi Jean, Managing Director & Winemaker

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