The terroir is typical for the region: vineyards run along a slope, at the top of which the vines dig their roots into soils of sandy-clay. 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 by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The farther down the slope of the vineyard one travels, the more these stones dominate. All 13 of the permitted primary varietals are planted. Grenache dominates 62% of vineyards and the vines average over 40 years old. The wine is aged 12 months in a combination (50/50) of small French oak barrels and large French oak casks (‘Foudres’) and blending takes place shortly before bottling.

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2014 vintage
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2014 vintage
Harvest Note
Spring was warm followed by a cool and rainy summer. The famous “Mistral’ wind, cold and dry, blows very frequently through the vineyards protecting them from diseases. The vines, facing south and grown on terraces that are planted on soil composed of sand, sandstone, and calcareous rocks. The area is rich with centuries old olive and grain groves, symbols of the significant historical agricultural heritage. The vines average 30 years old and all the vineyards are certified “organically grown” by Ecocert.
Tasting Note
Dark red, with a purple border. The nose is rich, pure, and complex, with notes of black fruits and sweet spices. On the palate, lots of roundness, with soft refined tannins. Finish is long, with notes of black cherry, black berry, and a silky texture. A feeling of youth and freshness emerges. A wine with great cellaring potential and with an impressive aromatic expression.
Food Pairing
Most red meat dishes, particularly beef and lamb, or game dishes such as wild boar. An ideal accompaniment to winter casseroles – a cassoulet of duck confit with hearty and complex flavors is a terrific choice. Beef bourguignon is an equally nice pairing.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
APPELLATION: Rhône
PH: 3.57
ACIDITY: 5.37 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
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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