Mayard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Alex  2012 Front Label
Mayard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Alex  2012 Front Label

Mayard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Alex 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful effort that's dedicated to the importer Robert Kacher's son Alex, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Alex, a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, offers beautiful aromatics of black cherry, new leather, licorice and hints of vanilla-laced spice. This flows to a medium to full-bodied, rich, layered and beautifully fruited Châteauneuf du Pape that has a supple, balanced profile, good concentration and plenty of length. It's an outstanding bottle of wine that can be consumed anytime over the coming 7-8 years.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Give this wine some time in the glass after pouring (or decant in advance of serving), as it has an earthy edge to its aromas that only dissipates with airing. Once that clears, black cherry and tapenade notes take hold and persist through the warm, open-knit finish.
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This family-run estate nestles in the heart of the prestigious village of Chateauneuf du Pape. It is currently managed by Françoise, Béatrice and Didier Mayard, from the fifth generation of owners. The estate spreads across 43 hectares, featuring a huge diversity of terroirs and grape varieties. The rigor and passion that the team brings to bear are reflected in three cuvées, each the fruit of the work of successive generations.

At the estate, they are fully committed to environmentally-friendly sustainable agriculture, with their main focus firmly on the terroir. Cultivation methods are traditional and fully ecological: rather than using chemical fertilisers and weed killers, they work the soil with machines and put in a great amount of manual labor at each stage of the vines' growth cycle.

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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is white. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

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