2017 Maison la Berthaude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"A blend of 80/20 Grenache and Syrah, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Galets de La Berthaude reveals a healthy ruby/purple color as well as outstanding notes of black raspberries, black cherries, spice, and garrigue. It has a more red-fruited character, medium to full body, moderate acidity, and ample texture, and should be rock-solid." (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 “Cuvee Tradition” 2017:
76% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 4% Mourvèdre; vinified and aged in cuve; this is a special cuvee upon our request to showcase the intensity of raw material achieved by Xavier without any wood influence. Spicy plush sour cherry, garrigue, pepper and wet stones in the nose. Great spice attack on the palate with ripe black cherry, plum, rosemary, tapenade and anise seed; the finish showcases the juiciness of the fruit and soil complexity.