Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
A wine with a beautiful dark color, with purple reflections. On the nose, we are seduced by the intensity and the purity of the fruit, by the discrete perception of the aromas coming from the aging in barrels, by the touch of velvet that bring so much complexity. On the palate, the charm continue to operate. The wine is perfectly balanced, fleshy, round, structured, but still dominated by this finese and precision that makes it accessible. The finish is long with hints of sweetness, fruit paste, and sweet spices.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and the tell-tale Provencal garrigue, pepper and loamy soil notes, it is a wine of finesse, power and richness that should drink nicely for 10 to 15+ years."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Intense, heady aromas of candied red fruits, lavender and Asian spices. Rich and broad but energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. Closes on a lively, spicy note, with excellent clarity, power and persistence. This wine unfolds slowly and positively with aeration, suggesting that patience will be rewarded here.
Wine & Spirits - "This is focused and intense, a beam of sweet, sappy berry fruit riding over velvety-firm tannins. It feels surprisingly fresh and vivid for a 2010, the acidity keeping it lively while the flavors last long. It's balanced and feels as though it will easily age well for the next 15 years. "
Wine Spectator - "A blast of toasted spice leads the way for a core of linzer torte, plum sauce and dark cherry preserves. The solid, juicy finish lets a red licorice note extend through it, with nice underlying grip. Drink now through 2021."
Wine Enthusiast - "The 2010 La Nerthe is a top vintage of this wine, which typically includes a decent proportion of Mourvèdre. It’s spicy and plummy in style, with notes of cinnamon and clove that add welcome complexity to the dark fruit. Drink it over the next 10 or more years."
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Chateau La Nerthe Winery
Archives affirm Château La Nerthe’s existence as early as 1560, while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region’s wine culture in the 12th century making it one of Châteauneuf’s oldest estates. Located in the heart of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC region of southern France not far from Avignon, the 225 acres of Château La Nerthe vineyards are located in a single block around the Château and have been certified Organic since 1998. The terroir is very typical for the region: vineyards runs along a slope, at the top of which the vines dig their roots into soils of sandy-clay, on the surface there is a layer of the famous galettes, large, round, well-worn stones that originated in the Alps, having been carried down to the Rhône by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The further down the slope of the vineyard you travel, the more these stones dominate. All 14 of the permitted primary varietals are planted-Grenache dominates 62% of vineyards and the vines average over 40 years old. Château La Nerthe is THE expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. View all Chateau La Nerthe Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-PapeView a map of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wineries (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.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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