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Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G 2016

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Winemaker Notes

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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Jeb Dunnuck

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. 

WS 97
Wine Spectator
A terrific young version, this is brimming with dark plum, boysenberry, blueberry and raspberry puree flavors that stream through, flanked by singed mesquite, black tea and warm anise notes. A graphite bolt lends support and drives the finish. The fruit is beautiful and approachable now, but this will cruise in the cellar. B
RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This exemplary estate, owned by Laurent Brechet, has been on a roll. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Amiral G, 100% Grenache aged in demi-muids, is a full-bodied, lush wine jammed with complex notions of tree bark, cola, allspice, anise and plummy fruit. At 15.4% alcohol, there's plenty of power, but the wine never seems warm or heavy, instead feeling rich and velvety on the palate and ending long and spicy. With just 5,000 bottles produced, it may be tough to find, but it will be worth the search.
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Fermented in concrete then aged in demi-muid for 18 months. It has a touch of the barbeque on the nose, with some meaty whiffs and roasted herbs running through the damson fruit. Full-bodied, with sweet plum and damson on the palate, and fine, gummy, wet-clay tannins that coat the mouth. A very clean and polished, contemporary style of Châteauneuf with remarkable length of flavour that will win many fans.
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One of the many ways to misunderstand Chateauneuf-du-Pape is to think it is a terroir dominated by one soil type. When asked to picture the typical vineyard in the village, one immediately has the image of galets. While this is an important terroir in the region, it is only one of nearly a dozen different soil types. Some producers make wines from a single specific terroir while others blend from several. This is just as important a factor in how the final wines taste as how they are made. Perhaps no better estate proves this than Chateau de Vaudieu.

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.

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