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Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2012 MAGNUM

| red | full bodied & spicy |


44% grenache noir, 37% syrah, 14% mourvèdre, 5% cinsault
Alcohol %
23 hl/ha
non barrel aged
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
Fiche Technique
Product code
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

A smell of (black) cherry, leather and tobacco. On the palette blue fruit (prune, fig, dried cherry), broad and slightly mature/developed. Species (licorice, cinnamon, sumac) and some roasted flavors (tobacco, coffee beans) in the middle. Soft tannins and slightly herbal in the finis, with good acidity making the wine very accessible and pleasant. A relative long aftertaste, medium-bodied, with a nice ‘bite’ at the end.  From mid 2016. Classic vintage for this domain, more generous and riper than 2013 and 2014. [June 2017]

The reviews of critics vary significantly for this vintage. I re-tasted the wine recently and are definitely positive!

Wine producer
Château La Nerthe, owned by the Richard family (café Richard), is one of the oldest wine estates within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Their oldest cellar dates back to 1560. The vineyards (90 hectares) are largely around the castle. Although the terroir and cepages are typical for the appellation ( 15 different soils and 13 cepages), the La Nerthe wines distinguish themselves by elegance and freshness. Consistently early harvesting is one of the reasons. The wines are quite accessible at young age. This style of wine making was employed by Alain Dugas and continued by Christian Vœux (2008-2016). La Nerthe is certified organic since 1998.
Quote & Reviews

Jeb Dunnuck: “I found the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape surprisingly soft and one-dimensional. Sporting a transparent ruby color as well as light berry fruit, leather, toasted spice and underbrush, it’s medium-bodied and nicely balanced/focused, but falls off on the finish. Hopefully I caught this on an off day, but as it is, I’d lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 5-7 years.”

Guide Hachette: “Encore plein de la fougue de sa jeunesse, le 2012 de la Nerthe a de beaux jours devant lui. Au nez, les fruits rouges et noirs confiturés (cerise, mûre, cassis) se mâtinent d’épices et de senteurs des garrigues. On retrouve ces arômes généreux et bien mariés dans une bouche ample, dense et soyeuse, douce et pleine de fraîcheur, le mourvèdre n’étant pas étranger à cette dernière sensation.”  (2 sterren/coup de cœur)


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator