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A former seat of the papacy and inventive pioneer of Appellation guidelines, the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape has new challenges to face in the new 21st Century. Matt Walls investigates..
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Château La Nerthe
One of Châteauneuf’s oldest, largest and most picturesque estates has a new manager, Ralph Garcin, previously of négociant house Jaboulet, is the latest in a line of modernising figures since the estate was acquired by the wealthy Richard family in 1985. He has tinkered with some varietal blends, dialled down the oak influence and is working with a greater proportion of whole bunches. Barrel samples of the 2016s show a more vivid, precise, contemporary style; one to watch.
Château La Nerthe, Rouge 2016 – 93 Points
Tank sample. Deep, ripe core of fruit and tannin punctured by a tremulous acid line. Vibrant, juicy blackberry and black cherry fruits, with a fragrant violet end. Light on its feet and very drinkable. Drink 2019-2035
Full article: Decanter Chateauneuf Du Pape November 2017