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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Since 1993, 80 to 90% of the red grapes are destemmed. fermentation is in a mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks. The straight Côtes du Rhône macerates 12-15 days on the skins, before 6-9 months ageing in foudres. The Côtes du Rhône Villages has 15-18 days, with manual pigeage each day. It is aged 50% in barriques, 50% in foudre. 'Les Garrigues' gets a full 18 day maceration, manual pigeage twice a day, followed by ageing in both foudres and barriques. The red Châteauneuf has a 20 day cuvaison in cement tanks, 12 months ageing in barrel and large oak cask, then 6 more months in vat before a very light filtration and bottling. 'Chaupin' macerates 21-23 days on the skins, with regular pigeage, before 18 months in large and small oak casks. The Vieilles Vignes has 23-25 days of cuvaison, oak-ageing featuring a limited percentage of new oak, and further time in vat before a gentle clarification and bottling.

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This is an atypical Chateauneuf-du-Pape because of its use of a single variety rather than the region’s traditional cepage. With 100% old vine Grenache, this wine has the depth and tannins rarely found in Grenache, which tends to quickly lose its colour and has gentle rather than firm tannins. When tasting this wine blind, it is easy to venture to northern Rhone because of its firm structure and intense blackberry and floral profile. The wine still needs a few year’s time in bottle to show its full potential. Drink 2015. (91)

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Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley

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