Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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.
International Wine Cellar
"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."
"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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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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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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