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Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2014

| red | juicy & concentrated |
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48% grenache, 29% syrah, 22% mouverdre, 1% cinsault
Alcohol %
28 hl/ha
barrel aged
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
Fiche Technique
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Tasting notes

A sense of (black) berry and leather in the nose. On the pallet juices of dark fruit,  lively and deep, somewhat spicy with a hint of green herbs. The fruit (blueberry, cherry, blackberry) is dominating in this stage, while complementary notes of liquorice, juniper, tobacco and coffee beans in the middle. The tannins are soft, but do have a ‘bite’, while the fine structure makes this Châteauneuf-du-Pape easy drinking at relatively young age. A modern, fruit-dominated style; the trademark of this producer. The wine will benefit from a few years of bottle aging. From mid-2018 and while young decanting is advised. [May 2017]

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

John Livingston/ “The nose has depth but isn’t showing a great deal today. There is a menthol-coffee assertion. The palate bustles along with black berry fruit and some lively tannins that add spearmint and smoke into the equation. The aftertaste is dentelle, clear.” [October 2015]

Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “It has bright acidity, medium-bodied richness and moderate concentration to go with lots of black cherries, wild herbs, leather and hints of flowers on the nose. Overall, this is a classy, elegant wine from the estate that will keep for 8-10 years.” [October 2015]


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate
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