Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest and largest estate in Châteauneuf du Pape extending over 90 ha (220 acres) around the castle. Loamy sandy soils dotted with large pebbles produces finesse and aromatic expression. The location, near one of the few natural spring of the Châteauneuf du Pape designation as well as secular woods, creates a microclimate, warm in the day but cool at night. This microclimate creates white wines with a strong personality. Hand harvesting is done early in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and grapes are sorted to remove any imperfect fruit. The whole grapes are slowly pressed for only premium juice extractions. Fermentation of the Roussanne juice takes place in 228 liter barrels (1/3 new) and then ages on their lees. Wine from the other grape varietals is made in temperature controlled stainless steel vats and then stored to age on lees. Blending taking place shortly before bottling.