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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien 1.14 red

77% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre from Urgonien limestone soils, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, part vat emptying/refilling, twice weekly cap punching, aged 80% concrete vat, 20% 1-2 year old 228-litre oak casks 12-15 months, unfined, 4,000 b

2015 

(vat/casks) the robe is very dark, black at its centre. The nose involves ripe blackberry fruit with a lean towards liqueur, such is the ripeness and depth. The palate is full and robust, courses with a thick black cherry juice. The tannins give a little freshness, and fit around it pretty well. Mourvèdre influences are strong here (tasted blind, it turns out to be 23%), and bring a plunge of tight late depth. Really solid and striking wine, for the long-term, when it will become handsome. 15°. 4,000 b. €29 at the cellars. GB£32-35. Harvested 15 Sept 2015. From 2020. 2033-35 Sept 2016

 

 

LA FERME DU MONT, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côte Capelan red
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone, galet stone covered soils,
Courthézon, destemmed, destemmed, 3-5 week vinification at 22-23°C, pumping overs, lees
worked, aged 70% concrete vat, 30% 1-2-3 year oak casks 14-18 months, unfined, unfiltered
2015
(vat/casks) dark sheen, dark robe. The nose centres on soaked fruits with a dampness attached, black
cherries and blackberries to the fore. The palate holds stylish, wavy content, the juicy fruit
freewheeling well into a safe corral of ripe, squeezy tannin on the finish. The aftertaste is grainy still,
with some mixed, dried herbes de Provence. This is a rounded, pleasurable, textured Châteauneuf for
serving in a large glass. 14.5°. From 2019. 2030-32 Sept 2016