Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and extends over 220 acres around the castle. The terroir is typical for the region with vineyards that run along a slope with sandy-clay soils. 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 Rhône by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The farther down the slope the more these stones dominate.

All 13 of the permitted primary varietals are planted here. Grenache dominates 62% of the vineyards and the average vine age is over 40 years old. The grapes are hand picked and sorted on tables. The grapes are then put into vats for 18 to 21 days with regular pump overs and punch downs; tasting the must everyday during fermentation to ensure the best extraction of the berry compounds. At the end the wines are racked into oak vats for malolactic fermentation. When this second fermentation is complete, the cuvée will be racked in big casks and barrels for 12 months before blending. Bottling takes place 6 months later.

95 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2017 vintage
94 Points
Tasting Panel
2017 vintage
Tasting Note

The dark, deep, inky color of the wine shows immediately, stemming from the concentration of the vintage. Nose of blackcurrants, black tea and dried flowers stands out. The mouth is rich, fruity and velvety with an incredibly layered tannic structure. The wine is balanced and pure with strong intense and incredibly long aging potential.

Food Pairing

To drink with lamb or beef stew with ‘grand veneur’ sauce, duck fillet.

Unique Selling Points
  • One of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape - dates from 1560
  • Estate grown, hand harvested, estate bottled
  • Average vine age is 40+ years
  • Certified AB Organic

About the Grape

Cinsaut
Ripe and meaty over elegant, with rose and almond notes, Cinsault’s relatively low tannins typically relegate it to blends with other varieties, as with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel Rosé.
Grenache
Grenache is loaded with dense, lusty aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and licorice, with a palate-coating texture and high alcohol.
Mourvèdre
Mourvèdre makes big, meaty, rustic wines high in alcohol, acidity and tannin, with moderate black fruit characters. Shows aromas and flavors of wild Provençal herbs, leather, mushrooms and barnyard.
Syrah
Syrah has seductively dense, rich, chewy black berry aromas and flavors, with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are firm yet elegant.
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