Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierre André (75cl)

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Description

Muscular, yet feminine. Complex yet approachable. Fantastic

It’s no surprise that this Rhône Valley wine is high-priced–it is, after all, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the best French wines. Up to 13 different grape varieties can be used to make Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this one is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 8% Mourvedre. The remaining 2% is made up of Muscadin, Picpoul, Cinsault, Vaccarese, and Counoise grapes. The vines date back anywhere from 75 to 140 years, giving their fruit a depth and complexity you can’t find on young vines. The flavours are beautiful and concentrated, with a very smooth finish.

Taste

A palate of hand-picked autumn berries, Sutble oak and smoke

Aroma

Black pepper and herb, Boysenberry and purple plum

This superb domaine benefits from a great diversity of soil: pebbles (quartz), clay, sand, limestone and ideal weather conditions for the vineyard regional Mediterranean weather. The famous "mistral" wind which gives maximum sun light while reducing rain and the fog, and the associated risks of disease. The vines are mostly very old: some vineyards are more than 130 years old! The average age is 70 years old. The planted grape varieties are mainly Grenache 80% for the reds, 40% of Clairette and 30% of Bourboulenc for the whites. For a long time, taking great care of the vineyards has been a top priority for the domaine that has been certified organic since 1980. Conversion to Biodynamic viticulture followed naturally, starting in 1992. Harvest is done by hand, grape-sorting with the highest rigour, winemaking is done in a traditional way for the reds (whole bunch harvest and long vatting of 3 to 4 weeks, ageing in tanks and in large oak barrels for 18 to 20 months). The wines are unfiltered. All these elements work towards offering healthy, balanced and elegant wines with a great ageing potential.

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    Quite expensive (though not too bad for Chateauneuf du Pape) but definitely worth it. Thoroughly recommended

    Snowy