Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf du Pape 2016

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50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault

HISTORY. One of the oldest and largest estate of Châteauneuf du Pape extending over 90 ha (220 acres) around the castle. The vineyard of Château La Nerthe was born in the XIVth century when vine culture spread over the area. Château La Nerthe, based on the work of Commander Joseph Ducos who was the owner of the estate after the phylloxera crisis, is at the root of the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard as we know it. Baron Leroy de Boiseaumarié, from that experience, established in 1936 the first French ‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée’ in Châteauneuf du Pape.

AGEING. The grapes are hand picked and sorted on table. They are then put into vat for 18 to 21 days with regular pumping overs and punching downs, tasting the must everyday during fermentation to ensure the best extraction of the berries compounds. At the end, the wines are racked into oak vats for the malolactic fermentation. When this second fermentation is complete, our cuvée will be racked in our big casks and barrels for 12 months of ageing before blending will be done. Bottling will take place 6 months later.

TASTING NOTES. The dark, deep, inky color of the wine shows imediately the concentration of the vintage. Nose of blackcurrants, black tea, dried flowers os definately standing out. The mouth is rich, fruity, velvety, with an incredibly layered tannin structure. The wine is balanced, pure, really intense and long, an incredible ageing potential.