Domaine de la Charbonniere Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"

Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Vieilles Vignes”


  • The Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is produced manly from La Crau and associated with some Mouvedre on sandy soil.
  • This wine is silkily rich with marvellous ageing potential.

Varietal Composition: 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre

Elaboration: Enormous care is taken at harvest time. It is done in a traditional method: hand-picked harvest with a selective sorting of grapes in the vineyard and at the cellar (by using a sorting table), which are proofs of quality. We kept 25% whole clusters in this Cuvée. The vinification has be done in tronconic oak vats. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 4 to 5 weeks with different operations : A release, punching of the cap and pumping over. The malolactic fermentation is made in demi-muids and oak vats. Elevage continues in oak vats and in demi-muids

Tasting Notes: This cuvée boasts hints of licorice, dark fruits and balsamic notes. The mouth offers a great density with a very long finish.


2022 – 93-95 Vinous

2020 – 94 James Suckling | 94 Wine Spectator | 95 Vinous | 94-96+ Jeb Dunnuck | 95-97 Wine Advocate

2019 – 93+ Wine Advocate | 94 Wine Spectator | 95 James Suckling | 97 Jeb Dunnuck

2017 – 94 Vinous | 94 Wine Spectator | 96 Jeb Dunnuck | 96 James Suckling | 97 Wine Advocate

2016 – 95 Vinous | 95 Wine Spectator | 96 James Suckling | 96-98 Wine Advocate | 97 Wine Enthusiast | 97-99 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 – 92 Jeb Dunnuck | 94 Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling | 95 Wine Spectator


Domaine de la Charbonnière has been the singular passion of the Maret family since their purchase of this iconic property in 1912. The young and charismatic Veronique Maret is responsible for the recent meteoric rise of Charbonnière – Veronique is handling all winemaking and somehow also finding the time to run the Domaine’s sales activities. One of the most important changes Veronique made since taking over in 2012 was the move to organic viticulture. Organic farming really started to make its mark on the finished wines in 2014 and the press we’ve been seeing from that point on only validates our opinion on that front. Domaine de la Charbonnière’s holdings spread over 68 acres in some of the region’s most sought after lieu dits – 49 of these in Châteauneuf du Pape, 15 in Vacqueyras, 4 in Côtes du Rhône. Winemaking is traditional with a profound respect for grapes and terroir. Reds are fermented in conical wood vats, and aged in a mix of demi muids and barrels. While the majority of our Charbonniere references are red, Insiders have long sought out the property’s white wine offerings, which we make available to you with wide grins on our faces. These are all tactile wines that combine elegance and serious depth at once.

Print Review Shelf Talker (2019 – 97 Jeb Dunnuck)
Print Review Shelf Talker (2020 – 95-97 Wine Advocate)