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2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Terroir Les Safres, Ogier Caves des Papes

2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Terroir Les Safres, Ogier Caves des Papes

Red | Drink now | Ogier Caves des Papes | Code:  9478 | 2009 | France > Rhône > Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Southern Rhône Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 15.0 % alcohol


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WA - To keep it simple, the 2009s all performed as well as they did last year. They are straightforward, good to very good wines, rather than anything inspirational or compelling, particularly considering whats available from many of the small estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. I liked them all they are soft, round, and taste like Chateauneuf du Pape, with roasted herbs, loads of black cherries, and even blacker fruits in the case of the Galets Roules and Gres Rouge. They are all medium ruby-colored and meant to be drunk in their first 5-7 years of life. The only one that seems somewhat simple, although it is above average in quality, is the 2009 Les Closiers, which is probably their largest production item from Chateauneuf du Pape.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2011

The Producer

Ogier Caves des Papes

Ogier Caves des Papes

It is impossible to get closer to the centre of Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, literally and figuratively than the address 10 Avenue Louis Pasteur, homestead of one of the finest and most successful Négociant houses in the South of the Rhône, the Southern equivalent, in a way, of even more famous establishments from the Northern Rhône, Maisons Guigal and Chapoutier.

With an impressive range, including the famous Clos De L'Oratoire and extensive vineyard holdings both within and without the appellation, Ogier Cave Des Papes is run with vision on the fruits of the finest raw materials (grapes!) and has richly deserved its fine reputation.

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 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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