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2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Mourre des Perdrix, Domaine de la Charbonnière

2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Mourre des Perdrix, Domaine de la Charbonnière

Red | Ready, but will keep | Code:  944483 | 2007 | France > Rhône > Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Southern Rhône Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

94/100

Parker

90-92/100

The Wine Advocate - A spitting image of finesse and elegance, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix (69% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Mourvdre, and the balance Cinsault) comes all from the sandy soils located around the estate. It offers lots of kirsch, garrigue and dried earth/sandy loam notes, full body, ultra-fine tannin and a great finish. This cuvee is always the more ethereal and silky of the three single-vineyard cuvees from this estate, and its drinking beautifully today.
Jeb Dunnuck - 01/03/2017

Parker - Made from a blend identical to the traditional cuvee, but from a well-known lieu-dit in the commune of Courthezon (red clay and sand), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix is aged in both wood and stainless steel tanks. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by attractive notes of plums, garrigue, lavender, pepper, and spice. Excellent freshness, medium to full body, and abundant fruit are found in this unformed cuvee.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Feb 09)

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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