Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Chateauneuf-Du-Pape
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 85% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from lieu-dits of La Crau, Les Bédines, Saintes Vierges. Very old vines of Grenache planted 1929-1943 and Mourvèdre planted in 1967.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, varied exposure
Soil: Sand
Viticulture: Vineyards are worked manually and as naturally as possible in terms of chemical additions. Pesticides have never been used. Yields are kept extremely low. Grapes are hand harvested. Triage is done in the vineyard before grapes arrive at the winery.
Vinification: Whole cluster, wild yeast fermentation, 20 day maceration to acheive color and aroma.
Aging: In the style of Henri Bonneau, the wines are aged for a minimum of 3½ years in concrete tanks and old foudre, then bottled without filtration.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: (92-94)
Also with outstanding potential and showing the freshness and purity of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre) offers loads of Southern Rhone styled bouquet garni, blackberry, licorice and crushed flower-like qualities to go with a rich, full feel on the palate. Beautifully textured, with sweet tannin and solid freshness, it should be a rock-solid 2012 that will drink well on release and evolve gracefully.