Vieilles Vignes Cotes-Du-Rhone 2012
AVAILABLE IN 750ML BOTTLES
Tasting: It is red fruit on the nose and introduces spicy black cherry and berry flavours on the palate with earthy spice and minerality. It has firm tannins that echo black currant fruit on a substantial finish.
Varietal: 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah
Liquor Size: 750mL
Service temperature: 16° C
Wine making process: Crusher destemmer. Pump over and punch the cap. Cold maceration and temperature control under 30°C. 3 week maceration. 70 % of the wine is aged in stainless steel and 30 % in burgundy barrels before being bottled. Natural cold stabilization. 15% abv.
Wine ageing: 10 years
Harvest: Manual grape harvest and grapes selection.
Vineyard: 3 hectares located at Le plan de Dieu between Cairanne and Rasteau 15 km North Châteauneuf du Pape.
Vineyard Age: 50 years
Region of Origin: Southern Rhone
Country of Origin: France
Recommendation: It is superb with roast lamb.
>> "Dark and ripe with some savoury character. A cool finish and both very round and mineral. Interesting wine!"
>> "The straight Châteauneuf du Pape (65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault) comes mostly from rolled-pebble terroir, yet also has a fair chunk from sandy soils as well. A beautiful traditional cuvee, it gives up notions of sweet black cherries, leafy herbs, olive and underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and textured mouthfeel. Leaning more toward the pretty, finesse-driven end of the spectrum, it drinks beautifully today, but will evolve nicely through 2024. (JD)"
-Robert Parker's Wine Advocate-
>> "Bright ruby. Dark berry and cherry pit aromas are lifted by notes of fresh lavender and white pepper. Densely packed dark fruit flavors pick up a bitter edge with air, along with a touch of licorice. Pretty serious for a "basic" Chateauneuf, finishing with good energy and tannic grip."
-Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar-
>> "Fleshy plum and fig paste notes are lined with dark cocoa and roasted alder hints. The toast leaves a slightly hefty feel on the finish."