2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Ch. la Nerthe

2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Ch. la Nerthe

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2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Ch. la Nerthe

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Most Exciting Wines of the Vintage:Châteauneauf-du-Pape Rouge Ch. la Nerthe
The 2009 La Nerthe shares the same character, depth of personality and richness that made the 2007 vintage such a success. It is made with a blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and early ripening Mourvèdre. Beautiful aromas of mulberry fruit, smoke and Provençal herbs are followed by a rich, meaty palate with Asian spices balanced by a backbone of fine, silky tannins.
Fine Wine Team

Just a hint of oak on the nose does nothing to mask the spicy, brambly fruit underneath. Delightfully linear on the palate, with dark, Syrah dominated (for now) fruit giving a joyous impression. The spicy Grenache fruit comes through at the end, promising more for the future, along with the fine, palate-coating tannins and crisp acidity.
Chris Pollington, Fine Wine Account Manager

La Nerthe Rouge has a lot of the character and depth of personality in 2009 that made the 2007 such a huge success. It is smoky, rich and meaty with mulberry fruit supported by Provençal herbs and Asian spices. The signature caress of finely-grained tannins is clearly evidenced.
Simon Field MW Wine Buyer
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Chateau la Nerthe

Chateau la Nerthe

Ch. la Nerthe is a stunning, 500-year-old property that has become one to watch over the past few years. Working organically since 1998, its impressive range of 57 parcels on various soil types and expositions helps to produce wines which are not only a seamless and complete expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape but also have wonderful complexity. The noticeable care and attention taken in both the vineyards and cellar has, over the past few years, resulted in seriously impressive wines here. This property is, in every way, a worthy rival to the likes of Ch. de Beaucastel.

The 2019 vintage was challenging here, as it was across the Rhône Valley, given the multiple heatwaves in the summer months and the extreme drought between May and September. But these tricky conditions have revealed the true magic of vines which are so perfectly adapted to manage the majority of nature’s whims; 2019 ended up becoming an exceptional vintage here.

Key to its success this year is the remarkable terroir at Ch. la Nerthe. The mix of rocky, clay and sandy soils, as well as the natural springs at the property, bring a wonderful freshness and minerality to the wines. The very special top white cuvée, Clos de Beauvenir, comes from a single, walled plot – an old castle garden, right in front of the historic château.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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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.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate92/100
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
Robert Parker89-91/100
The Wine Advocate92/100
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Composed of 47% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, it is surprisingly soft and evolved for La Nerthe, but that actually gives the wine additional appeal. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of blue and black fruits, lavender, licorice, truffles and garrigue. Full-bodied, supple textured, fleshy and succulent, it will provide enjoyment over the next 10-15 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2011 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
Some intrigue and substance on the nose. Drier, more claret-style, than most. Distinctive. There’s a balance between the fruit and the tannins but this is not in-your-face obvious Châteauneuf style. Châteauneuf meets the Médoc!
(Jancis Robinson MW , Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com - 17 Nov 2010) Read more
Robert Parker89-91/100
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (47% Grenache, 38% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault, aged in equal parts barrel and foudre) is delicious. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with soft, supple tannins, copious blue and black fruits, and hints of kirsch and earth. Round and generous, this 2009 will be drinkable upon release, and should last a decade or more.

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