Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Les Granieres 2014
Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Historical documents from 1560 mention the estate. The historic Château was built in 1736. Château La Nerthe deserves credit for being one of the first estates to bottle their own wine. This took place to some extent starting in 1784. Château La Nerthe is one of the first, if not the first estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to export their wine outside of France. Another first that belongs to the estate is that Château La Nerthe began the practice of de-stemming 100% of their vines in the 1800’s. By this point in time, Château La Nerthe was the most expensive wine from the Southern Rhône.
The estate boasts an exceptional, sloped terroir with soils of sandy-clay and a layer of large, round, well-worn galet stones which are renowned in the region. All the terroirs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape exist at the estate and all 13 of the permitted primary varietals are planted. The average vine age is 40+ years old and the estate has been certified AB Organic since 1998. All of the grapes are handpicked and all of the wines are estate bottled.
In 1986 the Richard family in a partnership with David and Foillard negociants purchased the historic La Nerthe. A complete renovation of the estate took place and much of the vineyards were replanted. In 1991, Château La Nerthe was able to expand their holdings with the purchase of 54 acres of vines, which helped to create one of the largest estates in the Southern Rhône with 222 acres under vine. Starting with the 2015 vintage, Ralph Garcin was placed in charge of the estate and its winemaking. Ralph Garcin previously worked for Jaboulet in Hermitage.
Serve this classic traditional French red with red meat dishes, particularly beef and lamb, or game dishes such as wild boar. An ideal accompaniment to winter casseroles – a cassoulet of duck confit with hearty and complex flavors is a terrific choice. Beef bourguignon is an equally nice pairing.
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Chateau La Nerthe|
Wine SpectatorA focused, restrained style, with a long thread of shiso leaf and incense running through the core of kirsch and raspberry coulis flavors. A pretty mineral edge guides the finish. Drink now through 2029. 1,500 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastFor what is essentially a second wine, generally blended from the estate's younger vines, this is a solid effort in a not-so-easy vintage. Vanilla and cinnamon from barrel-aging play a role hedre, but there's also plenty of juicy, plum-tinged fruit. There's ample body and texture, capped off by supple tannins and a lingering finish. Drink now-2022.