Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
A pleasant pale tint with greenish glints. The nose is intense with white peach and grapefruit tones and a touch of blackcurrant. Wonderfully crisp in the mouth and very smooth. A wine that shows a freshness, roundness and fruitiness with a good length and hints of citrus and violet.
"Juicy and energetic, with star fruit, melon rind, chamomile and white peach notes racing along, backed by fine minerality on the finish. Should open up with some cellaring. Drink now through 2016."
"Starting with the whites, and always one of the top releases in any vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 38% Roussanne, 28% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette and the balance Bourboulenc that’s aged close to 70% in tank (on lees) and 30% in 2-3 year old barrels. Gorgeous all around, with notions of white currants, buttered citrus and tinges of honey and flowers, it is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and supple, yet never loses focus or purity and has vibrant acidity. While superb now (and as always, I recommend drinking the whites within a couple years of the vintage), this cuvee can certainly age and evolve gracefully. Drink now-2017.
The Wine Advocate
Learn About Chateau La Nerthe
Chateau La Nerthe was born in the 12th century around the time vines were first planted in the stone-strewn soil of Chateauneuf-du-Pape ("the Pope's new castle"), the place the pontiffs chose for their summer residence when the papal court relocated to Avignon. Chateau La Nerthe has always been graced by the attentive care of its successive owners, and they have all contributed to the reputation for excellence that La Nerthe has acquired and maintained.
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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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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