An exceptionnaly dry and windy summer has led to very healthy grape harvests...
With as few as 35 mm of precipitations between the 16th of june and the 15th of september, we can assert that Chateauneuf-du-Pape's summer has been extremly dry. Meteorologists of the Cirame in Carpentras even say it has been the driest summer for 20 years. The normal average being 161mm (Orange's meteo station). Rainy days of 16th and 18th of september (about 20mm) were therefore welcome, as their weakness did not damage the grape harvests.
2007's summer has also been appreciably windier than normal (20 days of strong Mistral between the 1st of july and the 15th of september), and slightly above average for sun exposure (1.157 hours vs 1.145 hours in average).
2007's summer has thus been particularly conducive to grape harvest in the fields of quality and healthiness, together with a good aromatic balance and a nice wine colouring.
This vintage therefore follows the path marked by years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
2008 harvests took place in good conditions and ended around mid-October. Despite two stormy episodes that occurred in mid-September, and thanks to the Mistral that brought cooler temperatures (between 1.5 and 2 ° C below season average), the weather conditions were good enough to allow spreading harvests until the grapes reached perfect phenolic and technologic maturity.
The white wines come with notes of white flowers (almond trees, cherry trees), benefit from a nice scale, wealth and a fresh and balanced final taste.
In 2009, the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape will celebrate the 80 years of its recognition as an "appellation d'origine" (controlled origin award).
An exceptional health status thanks to a hot and dry summer.
The quality of the vintage reflects perfectly what we are taught balance climate of the growing season: helped by a wet spring, summer 2009 promoted the production of grapes extremely healthy, very colorful and have a tannin structure. The 2009 vintage is one of the earliest of this early 21st century. In the vines, sorting was reduced to an absolute minimum and the harvests were held with confidence, leaving each winemaker the freedom to organize its harvest sites according to their different maturities plots. The rains occurred during September (53 mm monthly total) did not affect the success of the harvest that began in late August and ended early October.
The 2009 vintage is in line with the very best years which are 2005 and 2007. This is a vintage like them who will care by then to enjoy fully from the strong character of the 2004 and 2006; of weakness and roundness of 2008.
Grape variety : 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre – stems removal : 80 % - maceration : 15 to 18 days – manual must pressing once a day - elevage : 80% in vat, 20% in barrels (1/3 new) – keep time : 5 to 20 years
Strength – silky - freshness – long finish
This 100% grenache vintage, located on the cold and late soil named Chapoin has been able to reach an optimum maturity thanks to ideal september climate conditions. The elevage showed flavors of cherries, raspberries and black olives while keeping the soil-caracteristic smoothness et melted tannins. An elegant and powerful grenache !
Grape variety : 100% Grenache - stems removal : 80 % - maceration : 22 days , must pressing : once a day - elevage : 30 % barrels (1/4 new), 70 % vat - rendering : 25 - 30 Hl/ha - plantation : 1912 for the oldest part - keep time : 5 to 25 years.
This vintage comes from four parcels located in different soils which perfectly match during assembly : a “southern” pebbly soil brings fat and power, a Chaupin-like soil for freshness and acidity, a red clay pebbly soil (but very late picked because located to the north of the appellation) brings structure and body, and finally a sandy-limestone soil for smoothness. Harvesting took place between 23 of september and 5 of october. Grapes had an extraordinary concentration with mature skins which, as on Chaupin soil, have benefited from september optimal climate conditions.
The result is a very large crimson red wine with cramped but smooth tannins, a nice balance, as well as black fruit, liquorice flavor and burnt earth. A bottle which can be kept for very long time.
Grape variety: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre, 2% various - Stems removal: 80 % - Maceration: 28 days - Manual must pressing: once a day - Vines age : 60 to 100 years - Elevage : 25% barrels (40% new), 75% vat.
Grape variety : 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 15% vieux Carignan, 5% Cinsault – stem removal : 80% - maceration : 12 to 15 days – elevage : 6 to 9 months in vat
60 000 to 80 000 bottles per year.
This vintage, an assembly of three grape varieties (Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah), comes from the wonderful red clay pebbly grounded soil located to the north of Courthézon. Syrahs and Mourvèdres benefit from a very important green harvest (30 to 40% is removed).
Grape variety : 1/3 Syrah 1/3 Grenache 1/3 Mourvèdre - Maceration : 18 to 21 days - manual must pressing once a day - Elevage 60% in barrels (1/3 new) (syrah mourvèdres), 40% in vat (grenache).
We can feel the power of Syrahs and Mourvèdres though smoothened through barrel elevage
Very old grenache on a faulous red clay pebbly soil traversed by Mistral.
Grape variety : 100% Grenache (60 to 80 years old) - stems removal : 75% - maceration : 21 days – manual must pressing once a day - elevage : 80% in vat, 20% in barrels – rendering : 28 hl/ha – keep time : 5 to 15 years.
Soil power allied with old grenache's smoothness.
3 000 to 5 000 bottles per year.<:p>
This Vin de Pays, an assembly of Syrah and Merlot located in a place named “Bussière”, surprises by its power and strengh. It perfectly expresses the maturity potential and the nice balance of this millésime. Merlots barrels elevage gives it even more strengh.
Grape variety : 55% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 10% Cabernet - soil : gravely alluvia – rendering : Merlot : 40 - 45 hl/ha , Syrah : 45 - 50 hl/ha - barrels elevage during 12 months including 30 % new.
80 000 bottles per year.
Grape variety : 50% Grenache, 25% Roussanne, 25% clairette - boxes harvesting - pneumatic pressing - Roussanes : vinification and elevage in barrels (80% new) with lees stirring during 7 months. Grenaches and clairettes : vinification in vat with lees stirring.4 000 bottles per year.
Grape variety : 70% Roussanne, 15% Grenache (more than 60 years old), 15% Clairette (more than 60 years old) – Elevage 100% in barrels (between 1 to 3 wines) with lees stirring during 14 months.
Aromas of orange marmalade - honeysuckle - Apricot Jam - wax
900 to 1 200 bottles per year.
Sandy grounds selection. Grape variety : 50 % Grenache, 15% clairette, 15% Bourboulenc, 10% viognier, 10% roussanne – boxes harvest, each variety separatly - pneumatic pressing - elevage : on lees with stirring during 6 months.
8 000 bottles per year.
Grape variety : 100% Viognier – Condrieu selection - boxes harvest - pneumatic pressing - elevage : on lees with stirring during 6 months including 25% of new barrels.
5 000 bottles per year.
Obtained with grenache (50%), syrah (30%), and cinsault (20%).
A fruity and generous rosé which will match perfectly with barbecues.
Last creation of the domain, it comes from grenache, syrah and mourvèdre (1/3 each).
A fruity wine, fresh and light, ideal for aperitif.