2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lieu-dit Pignan, Georges Lelektsoglou, Rhône

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lieu-dit Pignan, Georges Lelektsoglou, Rhône

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2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lieu-dit Pignan, Georges Lelektsoglou, Rhône

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Made from 100% Grenache from a single plot of 100-year-old vines on sandy soils near Château Rayas. This has an incredible nose, brimming with old-vine richness. It is lifted, sweet and ripe. Warm, yet rounded and fresh. There is a gorgeous succulence about it: such finely textured tannins with a fantastic mineral freshness behind. Sensational.

Drink 2023 to 2040. 

Catriona Felstead MW, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Mar 2022)

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Georges Lelektsoglou

Georges Lelektsoglou

Originally from Greece, Georges Lelektsoglou is part of the furniture in and around the Rhône Valley. He once worked as a Courtier de Campagne, looking for bulk wines for the likes of Guigal and Chapoutier, when he started making his own personal selections of wines to celebrate the birth of his eldest son in 1983. His wife's family was part of the co-operative and owned a historic vineyard in Larnage. Along with the Cave de Tain, they produced a quality Crozes-Hermitage in ’83 that was a great commercial success. When he found exceptional bottles of wines, Georges also offered them to some of France’s most celebrated, Michelin-starred restaurants, including Troisgros, Chapel, Bocuse and Gagnaire.

He opened up his first cellar in ’88 and started to select personal cuvées in small quantities, looking for old, well-looked after vines and always working with trusted friends. He makes a Crozes-Hermitage and a selection of Côte-Rôtie in tiny volumes. Georges was a distributor of Château Rayas when he found a unique, tiny plot of 100-year-old Grenache vines very close to Rayas’ vineyards – in the exceptional Pignan lieu-dit of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When he’s not in the cellar, you will find Georges in his treasure-trove of a wine shop near Tain l’Hermitage.

Georges’ philosophy involves working with single parcels, minimising the number of varieties in the blend and ageing the wines in a manner respectful to their provenance. We are delighted to be offering a parcel here of his exceptional 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: his latest release. Please be aware that volumes are extremely limited.

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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