Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Vieilles Vignes

2018
France
Rhône

100% Grenache. From 80+-year-old vines in a north-facing parcel in the Crau in the NE part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on classic galets roulés soils. They are organically farmed and harvested by hand. Whole-cluster fermentation with native yeasts and no sulfur in concrete tank; 8-10-day maceration with no extractive techniques; aging in used barrels on the fine lees with no racking for 18 months; bottling without fining or filtration.

94 points
"Éric Texier’s 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape “Vieilles Vignes” has just been released and shipped in quite recently here to New York. The wine is composed of a blend of ninety-five percent grenache and five percent mourvèdre, with the grenache seventy years of age and all hailing from the famed La Crau section of the appellation (where Vieux Telegraphe is located). The wine is one hundred percent whole clusters and raised in old Burgundy casks prior to bottling, without fining or filtration. The 2017 version comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up a superb bouquet of red and black raspberries, spit-roasted venison, pepper, garrigue, a great base of stony soil tones, bonfire and a nice touch of fruitcake in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine soil signature and grip, ripe, buried tannins and a long, complex and very classic finish. There is just a whisper of warmth on the backend here, but this is a very traditional expression of La Crau and a great bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape in the making. 2027-2065. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB8945-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Red blend (mostly Grenache)
Farming Type: 
Organic