2016 Maison la Berthaude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vignes Centenaires

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.2%
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"Evidently seasoned with new wood in its élevage, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vignes Centenaires features aromas of toasted coconut and vanilla over black cherries. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a touch of warmth on the finish. Sure, it's a bit internationally styled, but there's a solid fruit core." (WA)

"On another level, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Vignes Centenaires is unquestionably the most sexy, ripe and exuberant in the lineup, offering kirsch liqueur, graphite, garrigue, and ample spice. It's rich, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and sexy. This beauty is based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, raised in 30% new French oak. Don’t miss it!" (JD)

Winery Notes:
The young and diligent Xavier Rolin is the 5th generation of vignorons in his family. His family domaine is based in the village Chateauneuf du Pape very close to the Orange border. This district of the appellation is called Berthaude, thus the name Maison la Berthaude. Xavier’s family owns 40.5 total hectares; 15.5 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape, 20.5 hectares in Cotes du Rhone & Villages and 4.5 IGP. About 20% of the domaine’s production is white wine.

The domaine's vineyards span out over 72 individual parcels, each sub-plot has its own distinct reflection of “terroir”. And while some of the vines are more than 100 years old, the average vine age at the domaine is about 60 years old; 85% of the vines are over 22 years of age. The Chateauneuf vines are planted on two types of soil. The first is clay and limestone subsoil covered by the famous galets roules (large riverbed rounded stones). The second type of soil contains much more sand and fashions wines with higher toned aromatics and finesse.

Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Vignes Centenaires Reserve 2016:
70% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre-Syrah (co-fermented); Plot selection from vineyards 106+ years old (planted in 1903 & 1906); aged 100% in barrels (228L). Another Blockbuster wine. Powerful, plush nose of candied red fruits, licorice, cedar, tree bark in the nose. This with is incredibly plump and rich in the mouth, uber complex soil intensity, toasty, spicy oak qualities, liqueur viscosity yet pointed and focused through the finish. Other CDP wines of this quality are easily double the price. Excellent!