The historical wine from the estate. Mainly coming from old vines of Grenache, a classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape exhibiting its « terroir » with lots of depth. Production 45000-55000 bottles.
Vintage characterized by a magnificent Indian summer which created the most ideal conditions we can expect to go through a very serene harvest time.
The yields reached 32hl / ha on average which can be considered as a normal one.
Then, to achieve a high quality level, we particularly had to pay attention on that vintage to the maturity of each parcel to make sure to harvest ripe grapes.
The grapes come from a variety of vineyard sites – Montalivet, La Crau, Les Blachières, Coste Froide, Bois Seneseau, Palestor, Bois Dauphin, Pied de Baud, Les Bousquets, Les Parrans, Les Marines, Le Bois de la Ville, Cansaud, Les Gallimardes et Les Serres, these localities extend of from the north to the south of the appellation. The orientation of the vineyards, the local climates and the soils are all extremely varied (quartzite deposits, sands, mollasic sandstone, marine clay….) and allows one to adapt the varietal to the particular plot or to use the various expressions of the same varietal.
BLEND 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret noir, Picpoul noir.
A partial destemming takes place and the vats are gravity filled. The wine is made avoiding maximal extraction, on the contrary the sought after qualities are elegance and freshness. The free run juice and the press juice are raised seperately, mainly in concrete tanks where they undergo their malo-lactic fermentation. After the final blend is made the wine continues to mature in large oak barrels.
PRODUCTION 60 000 bottles
SERVICE TEMP. 15 C