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Domaine de Monpertuis Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition 2006

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

The "Cuvee Tradition," also known on occasion as the "Secret de Gabriel" (in honor of Paul Jeune's father) is produced solely from old vines of minimum age of 60 years and is sourced from at least 85% Grenache (the percentage frequently exceeds 90%). The "Cuvee Tradition" undergoes a long fermentation that can extend to 40 days. This cuvee is aged in a mixture of small and large oak barrels and is bottled, without filtration, approximately two years after harvest. The "Cuvee Tradition" ("Secret de Gabriel") is produced in limited quantity and only in vintages considered to be outstanding.

Critical Acclaim

ST 93
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Deep ruby. Powerfully scented aromas of kirsch, black raspberry, licorice and herbs, with a suave mineral undertone. Fresh, sharply defined red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, displaying a sappy, gently chewy character. The finish repeats the floral note and leaves sweet red berry notes behind. This is all about fruit today and should gain in complexity with time in bottle.

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Domaine de Monpertuis

Domaine de Monpertuis

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Domaine de Monpertuis, , France - Rhone
Domaine de Monpertuis
The Domaine de Monpertuis has been in the hands of the Jeune family for several generations. Each successor has added bits and pieces of vineyards to the expanding whole of the estate so that the current owner, Paul Jeune, is now the proprietor of the 10 acres of vines that are scattered amongst 32 separate parcels throughout the confines of Chateauneuf du Pape. In addition, Jeune now vinifies separate cuvees of Cotes du Rhone and Vin de Pays du Gard as well as his white and reds from the Chateauneuf appellation.

Jeune has the remarkable good fortune of having a majority of his vineyards planted to vines between 60 and 110 years of age. The remaining vineyards generally are between 20 and 60 years, except for some new plantings of white varietals like Roussane. The multiplicity of parcels spread across Chateauneuf imparts a classic character to the wines of Monpertuis, absorbing the nuances of each soil type of the appellation.

An underrated country gaining appreciation for superior wines made from indigenous varieties...

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An underrated country gaining appreciation for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of anyone who loves bright, elegant wines. These food-friendly, cool-climate reds and whites are quintessentially European in style with racy acidity, moderate alcohol, and tart, fresh fruit flavors. After recovering from serious vineyard decimation during First and Second World Wars, the Austrian wine industry succumbed to an unfortunate scandal in 1985 when a small group of deceitful winemakers were discovered to have been lacing dessert wines with diethylene glycol to mimic the textural effects of botrytis. The country’s credibility as a wine region took a serious hit, and in order to rebuild trust, strict regulations for quality standards were put into place. Today, Austrian wines are prized for their near-uniform dedication to excellence, and it is now difficult to find a bad bottle.

Rather than joining in on the worldwide trend to plant international varieties, Austria has chosen to stake its reputation mainly on its native grapes. Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and vegetal and peppery aromatics, is the most important, comprising nearly a third of Austrian wines. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Unlike their German counterparts, Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry, with higher alcohol, slightly lower acidity, and flavors that lean more toward the citrus end of the fruit spectrum. Field blends of these two grapes along with Pinot Blanc and other white varieties known as Gemischter Satz are popular for daily consumption in Vienna. Red wines include light, tart-fruited Zweigelt, juicy and spicy Blaufränkisch, and Pinot-Noir-like Saint Laurent.

TEFJECT061_2006 Item# 130013

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