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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Perdrix 2000
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Perdrix 2000
(search item no. 59532)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The single vineyard Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix emerges from a vineyard in the northeastern sector of the appellation, just west of Courthezon. Maret's parcel includes 30-50 year old vines. The blend is 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a gamy, earthy nose with plenty of black fruit, dried herb, tapenade, balsam wood, and sweet cherry/currant fruit aromas. This classy, complex 2000 marries power and elegance in a medium to full-bodied, pure style. Anticipated maturity: now-2014."

"Michel Maret is one of the new stars of the southern Rhone. I am glad to see his wines properly represented in the United States."
-The Wine Advocate

My Notes:

About Domaine Charbonniere :

It was in 1912 that Eugene Maret bought Domaine de la Charbonniere as a gift for his wife who was a native of Chateauneuf and the daughter of a winemaker. Their son Fernand Maret inherited a part of the Domaine and enlarged it upon the birth of his son Michel.

Today Michel Maret had over 16 hectares of vineyards located in the high plateaux of Les Brusquieres and La Crau both covered with the famous cailloux roulets and at Mourre des Perdix, sandy soil dotted with larger stones.

The passion and know-how of the winemaker, handpicking of the fruit, and careful sorting at the winery enable Michel Maret to optimize all the promise of a great terrior.

The vinification at the Domaine follows the classic style: no destemming, and three weeks fermentation in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is aged in large oak fourdes for 12-18 months.