Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Vieilles Vignes”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- 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: 90% Grenache, 10% 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.
2011 – 91 Vinous | 90-93 Jeb Dunnuck | 93 Wine Advocate
2015 – 92 Jeb Dunnuck | 94 Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling | 95 Wine Spectator
2016 – 95 Vinous | 95 Wine Spectator | 96 James Suckling | 96-98 Wine Advocate | 97 Wine Enthusiast | 97-99 Jeb Dunnuck
2017 – 94 Vinous | 94 Wine Spectator | 96 Jeb Dunnuck | 96 James Suckling | 97 Wine Advocate
2019 – 93+ Wine Advocate | 95 James Suckling | 97 Jeb Dunnuck
2020 – 94-96+ Jeb Dunnuck | 95-97 Wine Advocate
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.