Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Spéciale Vieilles Clairettes

2019
France
Rhône

Bottled exclusively in magnum.

Ferrando began to make this wine in 2009 after sharing a bottle of 1947 Bonneau at a family meal with the Bonneau and Ferrando families. The bottle of 1947 was the last bottle that Henri Bonneau had that his father had made and it was a bottle of Vieilles Clairettes. The bottle was extraordinary and the next day Bonneau told Ferrando that she had the ability to make a wine of this quality from the rare, old-vine, pink clairette that is co-planted in her vineyards. The first year, Bonneau helped to do the vinification. The wine was very gently pressed and aged for 18 months in one new large barrel. Bonneau recommended to bottle in magnum because there is not enough for everyone, so when it’s opened, it’s for a special occasion. To this day, Ferrando's tradition is to always give the first bottle each vintage to the Bonneau family. Normally, only one 600 liter barrel is made per year.

100% Clairette Rose from 80-100 year-old vines in the Serres lieu-dit. Very low yields of 15hl/ha. Fermented and aged in a new barrel. Bottled without filtration. 

97 points
"Jaw dropper from the start, with pink grapefruit, rose water, Cavaillon melon, lemon curd and macadamia nut notes all wrapped with a creamed yellow plum hint, before ending with a flurry of chamomile, acacia and warm brioche flavors on the finish. This really has a lot coming down the cat walk at once. Drink now through 2029."
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, October 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB7353-19
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Clairette
Farming Type: 
Organic