Dom. la Roquette Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

$29.99
Item No. 86976
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS89
  • ST88

Winemaker's Notes

Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel and concrete vats in the domaine's new facility; aged 15 - 18 months in larger vats and new barrels. Bottled at the Domaine. Rich, open, fragrant and warm - ample evidence of how the finest red wines of the Rhône Valley complement and contrast with great Bordeaux and Burgundies. Winemaker Daniel Brunier elicits intense, vibrant fruit from the Grenache and overlays this with the fragrant, sensual flavors of Syrah and Mourvèdre. While easy to enjoy within a few years of release, La Roquette's finest vintages also have great aging potential.

Located in the heart of of Châteauneuf, ten miles north of the city of Avignon. The grapes come from the domaine's own 62 acres. The vineyard is typical of those on the Mont-Redon plateau, with masses of smooth, rounded rocks both on the surface and in the deep alluvial subsoil. Domaine La Roquette was purchased in 1986 by the Brunier who infused new energy and skill into La Roquette's excellent vineyard resources. Daniel Brunier leads the Domaine's winemaking team.

Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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