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%).
60 years on average.
Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, followed by a third sorting on arrival at the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming, followed by 25-35 days' traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.
In vats for the first 10 months, then in foudres (50-70hl) for 12 months.
Bottled unfiltered at about 22 months.
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.
2011 vintage available from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014
2012 vintage available from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015.
Available in all sizes.