The stony Plateau de la Crau, in the south-east of the appellation, where the villages of Bédarrides, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Courthézon meet.
Soil and subsoil:
Molasse from the Miocene epoch (1-1.5m in depth) sitting on a thick layer of clay with a high stone content, and covered by the pebble blanket of Alpine diluvium generally known as “galets roulés”.
Grenache Noir (65%), Mourvèdre (15%), Syrah (15%); Cinsault, Clairette and sundry others (5%).
65 years on average.
Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, followed by a third sorting at the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming, followed by 25-40 days' traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.
In French oak vats (60 hl) for 20/22 months,
Bottled without filtration, nor fining.
Marketed at 2 years.
Personality and ageing:
A classic red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant.
The best vintages will age for 25 years and more.
available sizes : bottle, half-bottle, magnum, jéroboam (3 L), mathusalem (6 L), salmanazar (9 L)