Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and extends over 220 acres around the castle. Cuvée des Cadettes is a selection made from the oldest plots with vines aged 85 to 100 years old. The grapes are co-fermented in a wooden tank with wild yeast native to the vineyard. Pumping overs and punching downs are done during fermentation to ensure the best extraction of the berry compounds. Maceration lasts 3 to 4 weeks and the wine is racked into concrete tanks for malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 12 months partly in large wooden casks and partly in new oak barrels.

93 Points
2019 vintage
94 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 vintage had almost perfect growing conditions with the only challenge being a particularly hot and dry summer which started with a heat wave at the end of June that had temperatures approaching 106°F. Throughout the summer the temperatures stayed above 90°F. This harvest was historic with grapes being picked over a 3 month span: August 30 for the white grapes until October 1st, 2019 for the last Grenache grapes. Overall yields were good, allowing production of rich and dense red wines with lots of aromatics and remarkable length in the finish, and the promise of great aging potential.
Tasting Note
Dark red in color, this elegant and sophisticated wine offers notes of black currant, mulberry, spicy wood notes, and eucalyptus. The finish is long and the wine shows great aging potential.
Food Pairing
Beef stew, duck breast
Technical Data
GRAPES: Mourvèdre (55%), Syrah (25%), Grenache (17%), and other varieties (3%)
APPELLATION: Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC
PH: 3.72
ACIDITY: 4.74 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 12 months in foudres or old French oak casks and new French oak barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Only produced in the best vintages
  • Made from the oldest plots with vines aged 85-100 years old
  • Hand harvested and hand sorted - estate grown and bottled
  • Cellar up to 30 years
  • Vineyards are certified AB Organic

About the Grape

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 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 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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