The Grand Vin du Château La Nerthe is perfectly representative of the superb terroir surrounding the castle.
Close your eyes, you could almost feel you are there.
- FRA - Rhône
Tasted out of bottle and a blend of 47% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre and the balance Cinsault, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape spent 12 months in mostly barrels, one-third being new. Showing the up-front and perfumed style of the vintage, with loads of spice, licorice, cedar and savory berry fruit, this medium-bodied, supple effort has excellent balance, good freshness and fine tannin. It should drink nicely through 2021. Drink now-2021.
One of the larger estates in Chateauneuf du Pape, covering over 200 acres, all of which are in the southeastern portion located around the estate, Chateau La Nerthe is owned by the Richard Family, with Christian Voeux making the wines since 2008. While the winemaking here falls firmly in the modern camp, with a plenty of small barrels utilized (and some new), the wines never seem overly oaked and always hold on to classic Southern Rhone flare. Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate #209 October 2013, Rating 90
44% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault. Velvety crimson look. Exotic maraschino cherry flavours. Sweet then tight on the finish. Quite sophisticated wine with lots of fine tannins on the end. But certainly atypical. Jancis Robinson, Rating 16/20, 28th February 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Intense nose with notes of fruit and spice.
The palate is characterized by fine tannins which are the signature of the wines of La Nerthe. The finish is long, rich and creamy.
It is accessible young, however, a few years of bottle aging will see this wine develop richness and complexity. It will only get better.