Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and extends over 220 acres around their castle. Clos de Beauvenir Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc comes from a single vineyard enclosed by Provencal galets. The vines are an average 40 years old and face south. They are grown on terraces with a soil composed of sand, sandstone, and calcareous rock. The area is rich with centuries old olive and grain groves, symbols of the significant historical agricultural heritage.

Hand harvesting and sorting was done early in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. The Roussanne fermentation takes place in 60 gallon barrels (1/3 new) and then aged on lees. The remaining varietals were slowly pressed as whole grapes for 3 hours to extract only premium juice. After 24 hours, the juice was racked and fermentation begins at a low temperature to protect all flavors. Aging occured over 9 months with 88% in temperature controlled stainless steel vats and the last 12% in french oak barrels on lees. Blending took place shortly before bottling.

93 Points
Wine Advocate
2013 vintage
92 Points
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2013 vintage
Harvest Note
Summer 2013 was hot and dry, allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. The famous “Mistral" wind, cold and dry, blew frequently through the vineyards, protecting the grapes from disease.
Tasting Note
Nice pale yellow in appearance with green tints and a lot of brilliance. The nose is intense and complex with white flowers, honeysuckle, citrus, brioche, nuts and pastry aromas. On the palate, a perfect balance between roundness and sweetness with fine oak. It's elegant and very well integrated. The finish is long on vanilla and candied fruit with a mineral touch.
Food Pairing
A perfect complement to nearly all seafood dishes, especially full- flavored shellfish and assertively seasoned snapper or striped bass. This complex and refined cuvée is also well suited for poultry dishes, veal and pork as well as strong cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 59% Roussanne, 33% Clairette, 6% Grenache blanc, 2% Bourboulenc
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC
ACIDITY: 5.33 g/L
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged for 10 months, 88% in barrels and 12% in stainless steel tanks, with blending taking place shortly before bottling.
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

Clairette
Vinified carefully, Clairette produces a light, floral and fruity wine. Used in sparkling wine and in blends, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel Rosé, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac.
Grenache Blanc
This grape can produce an attractive, fleshy, generously fruity wine with a fragrance of flowers and dill.
Roussanne
Roussanne is an elegant, complex wine of finesse, good acidity and balance. Has aromas and flavors of melon, white fruits, pears, tree blossoms and herbs. Shows honey and coffee notes with age.
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