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2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Mourre des Perdrix, Domaine de la Charbonnière

2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Mourre des Perdrix, Domaine de la Charbonnière

Red | Ready, but will keep | Code:  16188 | 2011 | France > Rhône > Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Southern Rhône Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 15.0 % alcohol


Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate






The Wine Advocate - Lastly, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix (70% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre) comes from the sandy soils around the estate and shines for its elegance and finesse. Dusty soil, spice, dried earth and ripe black cherries all emerge from this medium-bodied, upfront and ready to go beauty that will dish out ample pleasure through 2021.
Jeb Dunnuck - 28/10/2016

Jancis - 69% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 1% Cinsault. Dark crimson. Comforting non-dramatic build. Dense and rich – one of the few 2011s I have described as truly rich. Layers of lively flavour. Just lacks absolute completeness. Just a few holes on the palate and pronounced acidity but very good balance and liveliness. Long.
Jancis Robinson MW, – 28 Feb 2013

Parker - The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix (from a cooler climate, more retarded lieu-dit) resembles a top-class Pinot Noir. It performed the best of all the 2011s, exhibiting extraordinary notes of flowers, cranberry sauce, plums, raspberries and sweet cherries. Suave, stylish and elegant, but also concentrated, this was one of the finest showings of a 2011 in my tastings. It is one of the handful of 2011s that can stand toe-to-toe with its counterpart in 2010. Composed of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre aged primarily in foudre, with a tiny amount in small, old wood, it should drink well for a decade.

One of my favorite estates in the southern Rhone, Domaine de la Charbonniere is run with great passion and enthusiasm by Michel Maret, and more recently, by his two daughters. The Marets own nearly 44 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, and one of their most under-valued and under-rated wines is their sensational Vacqueyras. They consistently produce four cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape that are traditionally made, even though a handful of the wines spend time in small oak casks (although new oak is generally shunned at this estate). Other than one large parcel in the northwest sector of the appellation, Maret’s biggest holdings are all in the eastern area of Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2011s are all delicious, fruit-forward, surprisingly well-endowed efforts. As I reported last year, the 2010s are superb, and consumers can’t go wrong with any of these wines, which range from outstanding to prodigious in the case of the Hautes Brusquieres and the Cuvee Vieilles Vignes.

The Grape

Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

The Region



Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest and most important wine appellation in the southern Rhône. It is home to more than 3,200 hectares of vineyards and over 80 growers; more wine is produced in Châteauneuf than the whole of the northern Rhône put together. The vineyards are bounded to the west by the Rhône river and to the east by the A7 autoroute.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the first ever Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée established in France, in 1932. Small, rounded rocks from the ancient river bed known as galets roulés are a key aspect of what makes Châteauneuf -du-Pape wines so distinctive, with the rocks reflecting heat back into the vines at night, thus increasing ripeness and reducing acidity.

The gloriously rich red wines, redolent of the heat and herbs of the south, are enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several grape varieties. Fourteen are permitted for reds: GrenacheMouvedreSyrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin, Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache typically dominates with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support.

White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is becoming increasingly sought-after, even though it represents less than 10 percent of the total production. Here, five grapes are permitted: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin.

Recommended Producers: Château de Beaucastel, Clos de Papes, Vieux Télégraphe, Château Rayas,, Domaine de la Charbonnière, Sabon, Château La Nerthe, Domaine Perrin

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