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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vielles Vignes 2010
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vielles Vignes 2010
(search item no. 117723)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $65.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blending of Grenache and Mourvedre gives a lush, soft, elegant wine with rich blackberry / blackcurrant, violet and cracked pepper notes. The palate is round, supple and dominated by this fruity and spicy complexity, with a mineral taste and a long finish.
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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.