Château La Nerthe
This pumps ripe raspberry, plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors through, with anise, fruitcake and Christmas pudding notes adding range and detail along the way. Flash of bay on the finish. A not-shy wine. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2022 through 2032. 9,485 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. — JM
Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and extends over 220 acres around the castle. The terroir is typical for the region with vineyards that run along a slope with sandy-clay soils. On the surface, there is a layer of the famous galets (large, round, well-worn stones that originated in the Alps) having been carried down to the Rhône by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The farther down the slope, the more these stones dominate. All 13 of the permitted primary varietals are planted here. Grenache dominates 62% of the vineyards, and the average vine age is over 40 years old. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted on tables. The grapes are then put into vats for 18 to 21 days with regular pump-overs and punch-downs, tasting the must every day during fermentation to ensures the best extraction of the berry compounds. At the end, the wines are racked into oak vats for malolactic fermentation. When this second fermentation is complete, the cuvée will be racked in big casks and barrels for 12 months before blending. Bottling takes place 6 months later.
35% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, 1% Other Varieties
12 months in French oak casks and barrels
The 2019 vintage had almost perfect growing conditions. The only challenge was a particularly hot and dry summer that started with a heat wave at the end of June. Throughout the summer the temperatures stayed above 90°F. Overall yields were good, allowing production of rich and dense wines with lots of aromatics and a remarkable length in the finish, promising great aging potential.
Dense garnet with a purple border. The intense bouquet reveals aromas of cherry, black currant, and olives with spicy and floral touches. The tannins are ripe and the finish is long and deep. A wine with impressive aromatic expression and great cellaring potential.
To drink with lamb or beef stew with ‘grand veneur’ sauce, duck fillet.