Grape(s): 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussane, 15% Clairette, 15 % Bourboulenc
Localization: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Tasting Notes: Pale lemon yellow in color with aromas of stone fruit (peach, apricot) and white flowers on the nose. On the palate, there is a nice complexity with notes of lime, pineapple, and mango with a good balance between acidity and fleshiness. This is an elegant and well-integrated wine. The finish is expressive and lingering with pronounced mineral notes.
Food Pairing: Pairs well with fish in a buttery sauce, seafood, and white meats especially veal.
The Domain: Archives affirm Chateau La Nerthe’s existence as early as 1560 while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region’s wine culture in the 12th century, making it one of Chateauneuf’s oldest estates. Located in the heart of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC region of southern France not far from Avignon, the 225 acres of Chateau La Nerthe vineyards are located in a single block around the Chateau and have been certified Organic since 1998. The terroir is very typical for the region: vineyards runs along a slope, at the top of which the vines dig their roots into soils of sandy-clay, on the surface there is a layer of the famous galettes, large, round, well-worn stones that originated in the Alps, having been carried down to the Rhône by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The further down the slope of the vineyard you travel, the more these stones dominate. All 14 of the permitted primary varietals are planted-Grenache dominates 62% of vineyards and the vines average over 40 years old. Chateau La Nerthe is the prime expression of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.