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  • 120. Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2012

    Domaine Charvin

    82% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 5% Vaccarèse, 5%Mourvèdre (15% alc.)

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    The over-riding impression with the 2012 is one of harmony, a natural wine emanating from superb work in the vineyard and the least possible intervention and work on the wine back in the cave. It has spicy, chewy cherry fruit, a hint of thyme and is rich, long, but always fresh with a touch of minerality on the finish reflecting the lime-rich soils. For drinking now to 2024+.

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Winemaker
Laurent Charvin, Domaine Charvin
Location
Between Châteauneuf du Pape and Orange, near Maucoil
Size of domaine
21 hectares (including 8 CNDP). 29,000 bts produced CNDP (all bottled)
Grape
82% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 5% Vaccarèse, 5%Mourvèdre, in 15 parcels. Age of vines average 45 yrs. 3300 vines/ha. R110 rootstock.
Terroir
Limestone, clay, sands on series of Rhône river terraces. Very pebbly and gravelly in places.
Viticulture
The vines are goblet for all varieties except syrah which are cordon de royat trained. Syrah is always more precocious and is harvested 10 days before the other varieties. Yield = 30 hectos per hectare. No chemicals used at all. Ploughs at least 3 times a year. Vendanges en verts are not systematic. Hand harvest.
Vinification
Grapes are lightly crushed but not destalked at all. Each grape is fermented separately in cement cuves with natural yeast. 1 remontage a day during alcoholic fermentation. 25-33° max fermentation temperature. 15-20 day cuvaison. Press wine is assembled at the start. Aged 18-21 months in cuves, racked once a year. Wine sometimes fined with gelatine but not filtered. Bottled in June after 21 months.
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