2016 Maison la Berthaude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Hints of cedar and baking spices add modern touches to the full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It's a big, rich wine, filled with cherries and red berries, turning a bit tannic on the long, cinnamon-dusted finish." (WA)

"The old vine 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes cuvée is a step up. Black cherries, damp herbs, sappy garrigue and floral notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, nicely balanced wine that will keep for a decade. This cuvée is 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the rest Cinsault and Clairette that comes from the la Bertaude, Bois Lauzon, Cabrieres, and Chapouin lieux-dits. It was destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre, tank, and barrels (6% being new)." (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 Vieilles Vignes 2016:
70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault; 1/3 each aged in cuvee, foudré & barrel (6% new oak). Super perfumed garrigue driven nose, anise, tapenade and black cherries. On the palate the wine shows lots of dark fruit, thickness and power; intense spiciness and soil minerality along with straw freshens up the extra-long finish.