2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château La Nerthe, Rhône

2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château La Nerthe, Rhône

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2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château La Nerthe, Rhône

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There is no Cadettes this year, rather surprisingly, so all the benefit goes into the domaine cuvée. What is more, La Nerthe have introduced a second wine called Les Granieres, to ensure that only the very best fruit is allowed into the domaine wine. This is a blend of half Grenache and nearly a quarter each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a little Cinsault making up the balance. An extremely impressive wine, the 2011 captures all the qualities that I have admired in the wine over the years, in particular aromatic restraint balanced by a wealth of ripe fruit.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer

La Nerthe is by far the grandest of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape properties and now, under the guidance of oenologist Christian Voeux, it is making wines to match. Long feted by the French themselves, La Nerthe is now internationally recognised and lauded for a style which, appropriately enough seems to capture something of the structural grandeur of the greatest properties in Bordeaux.
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The Wine Advocate90/100
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
Robert Parker89-91/100
The Wine Advocate90/100
Tasted out of bottle and a blend of 47% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre and the balance Cinsault, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape spent 12 months in mostly barrels, one-third being new. Showing the up-front and perfumed style of the vintage, with loads of spice, licorice, cedar and savory berry fruit, this medium-bodied, supple effort has excellent balance, good freshness and fine tannin. It should drink nicely through 2021. Drink now-2021.
Jeb Dunnuck - 31/10/2013 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
44% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 25% Mourvdre, 2% Cinsault. Velvety crimson look. Exotic maraschino cherry flavours. Sweet then tight on the finish. Quite sophisticated wine with lots of fine tannins on the end. But certainly atypical.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com 28 Feb 2013 Read more
Robert Parker89-91/100
The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape (often call the “traditional” or “Classic” cuvee) is a blend of 47% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 23% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault. Since no Cuvee des Cadettes was produced in 2011, all of the old vine and best lots were declassified into this wine. Dense, dark ruby, with notes of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice, lavender, pepper and wood spice, the wine is richly fruity, round and elegant. It should prove to be spot on for drinking in its first 10-12 years of life.

Readers should realize that neither the luxury cuvee, the white Chateauneuf du Pape, La Nerthe Clos de Beauvenir, not the sensational top red cuvee called Cuvee des Cadettes were produced in 2011. The seriousness of La Nerthe is evidenced by the introduction of a second wine in order to preserve the integrity and exquisite quality of their top cuvees. Their new red, the Chateauneuf du Pape Les Granieres, is primarily a blend of nearly 50% Grenache and almost equal portions of Mourvedre and Syrah, with a touch of Cinsault, aged largely in old wood foudres, but with some of the Syrah and Mourvedre components in small barrels.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #204, Dec 2012 Read more

About this WINE

Chateau la Nerthe

Chateau la Nerthe

Château la Nerthe is a stunning, 500-year-old property that has become a ‘one to watch’ over the past few years. Working organically since 1998, its range of 57 parcels on various soil types and expositions produces a seamless and complete expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – marked by a wonderful complexity. The noticeable care taken in both the vineyard and cellar has, over the past few years, resulted in seriously impressive wines. This property is, in every way, a worthy rival to the likes of Château de Beaucastel.

Winemaker Rémi Jean is as inspiring as the terroir itself – his understanding of the multiple plots on this complex property and meticulous attention to detail is impressive. In 2020, he comments that, despite the ‘easier’ vintage, La Nerthe’s viticultural team was especially vigilant, carefully surveying plot by plot to anticipate certain interventions.

The remarkable terroir at Château la Nerthe allows this estate to produce beautiful wines, year-in, year-out. The mix of rocky, clay and sandy soils with the natural springs at the property imbue the wines with a wonderful freshness and minerality. Rémi talks about how Grenache gives his red blends “magic”, Mourvèdre brings complexity and Syrah the structure. 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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