Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G 2016
Amiral G is named in honor of the man was responsible for the construction on Château de Vaudieu in 1767, Amiral Jean-Jacques de Gérin. It is sourced from a parcel of old vine Grenache planted at a high point of a plateau of galets and red clay soils located northwest of the château. Harvested by hand, this Grenache is destemmed and fermented in tronconic concrete vats followed by aging in 600L French oak demi-muids.
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The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G. is based all on Grenache and comes from a single plot of very old Grenache vines (all rolled stone soils) that was destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. Just screaming "Grenache!" at the top of its lungs with its sweet bouquet of black raspberries, candied violets, baking spices, and crushed rock-like minerality, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and density, a weightless texture, no hard edges, and awesome length. It's a sensational, borderline perfect wine that has everything you want from a bottle of wine.
Located about a five minute drive outside the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape along the road which leads to Courthezon you will find Chateau de Vaudieu. It is one of three 18th century Chateaux located in the appellation, tucked into a small valley surrounded by hills and plateau. It is at the intersection of several major terroirs: sandy soils to the north, along a border it shares with Chateau Rayas (one of the best wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape but not actually a Chateau), pale limestone and clays centered around a forested hillock, and two large plateaux of the somewhat overexposed galets. In total there are 70 hectares within one contiguous estate – something very rare in the appellation.