Typical characteristics: it is a very complex wine,
comprising numerous types of grape. It presents
aromas of ripe red and black fruit, spices (clover,
pepper) and mushrooms, and, as it ages, of truffles
and old leather.
Serving the wine: the wine will keep for 20 to 30
years. It can be served with game, red meat and
savoury dishes, as well as cows-milk cheeses.
Type of soil: clay and chalk and red stones.
Grape varieties: Grenache is predominant. It is
blended with the range of red grapes typical of the
appelation: Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Terret,
Counoise, Vaccarese and Muscardin.
Vinification and maturation: there is meticulous
selection of the grapes during the vendage, followed
by vinification for 20 to 30 days at fermentation
levels of 32 to 33oC. The wine is matured in 40
hectolitre barrels and in oak casks for 16 to 18
What can be said about this wine: here we come
close to a magnificent wine. A good-natured
monster this Chateauneuf-du-Pape is round and
rich, supple and strong. It is indisputably elegant,
and will effortlessly charm all those who like to
share the joys of life.
| Wine Spectator 93 points (Aug 20 2008)
This is very alluring, with warm raspberry confiture gliding over incense, spice bread and fig sauce notes. The long, silky finish has nice dark licorice and black tea notes. Really fine-grained and persistent. Drink now through 2028.óJ.M.