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2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Domaine des Saumades

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Domaine des Saumades

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Des Saumades | Code:  42675 | 2015 | France > Rhône > Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Southern Rhône Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 15.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Domaine Des Saumades

Domaine Des Saumades

Four generations of Moussets have been winemakers in Châteauneuf du Pape. However, Domaine des Saumades was created in 1995 when Frank and Muriel Mousset created their own domaine. This is a very small domaine with only 2.5 hectares and limited production allowing for excellent quality control. It employs traditional methods for pruning and working the vines and all wines are aged in oak.

Franck and Murielle are a young couple making a modern style Châteauneuf du Pape. Their wines are powerful and fruit driven, with the ability to develop into graceful examples from this region. The red is a 100% Grenache, and demonstrates the potential power of this grape when handled skilfully. It is a wine of extraordinary complexity, packed full of seductive dark fruits and rich chocolate notes. The white, a mélange of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc, displays a myriad of flavours as diverse as fresh citrus tones to mouth filling warm vanilla. This is what Châteauneuf du Pape is all about.

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

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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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