Mayard La Crau de Ma Mere 2004

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

Price: $40.00 $24.99
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Item No. 111030
  • ST91
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

La Crau de Ma Mere comes from a selection of very old vines located in the Crau vineyard site to the northeast of the appellation and is listed in the Grenache Conservatory.

It is a very concentrated wine with a lot of character that matches well with meat, game as well as milky and fatty cheese.

Blend: 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

"Bright violet color. High-pitched, floral aromas of crushed dark berries. Suave and supple, with an enticing sweetness and graceful berry, cherry and garrigue flavors that build impressively through the finish. Lovely, balanced wine."
91 Points

"The best of the group is the 2004 La Crau de Ma Mere, which is full-bodied, has more opulence, deeper fruit, but loads of black cherry and licorice notes intertwined with hints of seaweed, roasted herbs, and smoke. It is a real beauty. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

As I have written in the past, all three cuvees from Pere Pape are Provencal in their typicity. In short, they are up-front and delicious, with forward fruit and plenty of character/personality. I don’t think they will make old bones by any means, as they are clearly designed for immediate consumption, or aging for up to a decade in the case of their top cuvee, Le Crau de Ma Mere. The 2004s have turned out to be richly fruity, forward wines of medium weight as well as pure, spicy, and heady."
90 Points

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Learn About Mayard

This family-run estate nestles in the heart of the prestigious village of Chateauneuf du Pape. It is currently managed by Françoise, Beatrice and Didier Mayard, from the fifth generation of owners. The estate spreads across 43 hectares, featuring a huge diversity of terroirs and grape varieties. The rigor and passion that the team brings to bear are reflected in three cuvees, each...

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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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