Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and dates from 1560. Château La Nerthe has 227 acres of vineyards that surround the château and top the renowned La Crau plateau. The terroir is typical of the region. Vineyards run along a slope and grow in sandy-clay soils. The ground is covered by a layer of ‘galets’ - large, round, well-worn stones that were carried down from the Alps by glaciers during the last ice age. All the 13 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 harvested and sorted on tables. The grapes are then put into vats for 18 to 21 days with regular pump overs and punch downs. The must is tasted every day during fermentation to ensure the best extraction of the berry compounds. At the end, the wines are racked into oak vats for malolactic fermentation. The cuvée is then racked in large French oak casks and barrels for 12 months before blending. Bottling takes place 6 months later.

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2017 vintage
94 Points
Tasting Panel
2017 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 vintage had almost perfect growing conditions. The only challenge was a particularly hot and dry summer that started with a heat wave at the end of June. Throughout the summer the temperatures stayed above 90°F. Overall yields were good, allowing production of rich and dense wines with lots of aromatics and a remarkable length in the finish, promising great aging potential.
Tasting Note
Dense garnet with a purple border. The intense bouquet reveals aromas of cherry, black currant, and olives with spicy and floral touches. The tannins are ripe and the finish is long and deep. A wine with impressive aromatic expression and great cellaring potential.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 35% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, 1% Other Varieties
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC
PH: 3.7 PH
ACIDITY: 4.49 g/l
ABV: 16%
AGING: 12 months in French oak casks and barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Produced by one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s oldest and most storied estates
  • Certified AB Organic
  • Estate grown, hand harvested, estate bottled
  • Average vine age – 40 years

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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