Les Clavelles is a single parcel of Grenache that sits atop Le Crau, the famed plateau of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After years of careful selection, this plot of loamy sands dotted with large pebbles was identified for its unique ability to express the terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape within a single varietal. With a gentle southwest-facing slope, these vines benefit from direct sunlight in the late afternoon and the famed Mistral winds from the North. The grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted before whole clusters are fermented in a wooden tank. Pump-overs and punch-downs occur daily during fermentation to ensure optimal extraction of compounds. Maceration lasts 3 weeks before aging for 12 months in foudres or large old oak casks (30%) and old oak barrels (70%).

96 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
94 Points
Wine Spectator Insider
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
Château La Nerthe experienced a perfect winter with mild temperatures. That turned into a perfect spring, which benefited from rainfalls free of frost and plentiful water reserves. It was a very hot summer. The Southern Rhône Valley was among the luckiest regions that year, particularly protected throughout the year from harsh weather compared to other areas in France. This all lead to a most exceptional vintage. Certainly their best vintage since the legendary 1990 vintage.
Tasting Note
Ruby red with a garnet border, this fine and complex wine offers notes of strawberry, sandalwood, and sweet spices. The long and smooth finish showcases the minerality of this unique plot
Food Pairing
Beef stew
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Grenache
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC
PH: 3.76
ACIDITY: 4.82 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 12 months in foudres or old French oak casks (30%) and old French oak barrels (70%)
Unique Selling Points
  • 100% Grenache from a single plot on the famed Le Crau plateau
  • Hand harvested and hand sorted - estate grown and bottled
  • Average vine age is 85+
  • Certified AB Organic
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