Vineyard & Vinification Note
One of Châteauneuf-du-Pape oldest estates. The Château de la Nerthe’s entire vineyard is an Ecocert-approved organic farming area and has been since 1998.
The 225 acres of La Nerthe vineyards are located in two single blocks around the castle. The terroir is very typical the vineyards run along a slope, at the top of which the vines dig their roots into soils of sandy-clay, on the surface there is a layer of the famous ‘galets roulés’: large, round, well-worn stones that originated in the Alps and were carried down to the Rhône by the ice age glaciers. These large pebbles store the heat during the day and release it at night.
The grapes are hand picked and sorted on table. They are then put into vat for 18 to 21 days with regular pumping overs and punching downs, tasting the must everyday during fermentation to ensure the best extraction of the berries compounds. The maceration lasts 18 to 20 days. At the end, the wines are racked into concrete tanks for the malolactic fermentation. When this second fermentation is complete the cuvée is racked in big casks for 12 months of ageing before blending.
Bottling on 25 April 2017
Deep garnet colour with red highlights. The nose is very expressive on small red fruits (strawberries) and sweet spices (cedar, sandalwood). The palate is round, the attack is frank with smooth tannins. The finish is long and balanced. Elegance and balance dominate this vintage. The fruit meets the spices and gives birth to a very beautiful wine of great ageing potential.
An impressive nose with beautifully expressed ripe red cherry and raspberry fruits amid hints of wild herbs and subtly played spicy oak. The palate is seamless and holds pure red cherry and raspberry fruit long. Drink now. 93 Points, August 2017
Ripe and bright, with a mix of plum, raspberry and blueberry fruit flavors that are well-defined, picking up anise as well as singed sandalwood and juniper notes along the way. The fruit stays persistent through the finish, with a perfumed hint filling in. Best from 2020 through 2035. 9,860 cases made. James Molesworth, – 92 Points, June 2018
There’s almost 20% new oak in this 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape, which gives it an overlay of exotic toasted coconut and vanilla aromas and flavors. Beyond that, there’s ample weight, hints of cinnamon and clove and cherry fruit that lingers on the silky finish. Joe Czerwinski – 92 Points, Oct 17
This clear, light and limpid red wine is another of the 2015s which seems already to have attained the sort of aromatic grace and harmony you would normally wait half a decade for: herbs, menthol, sweet strawberry fruits and dry underbrush, backed by a hazel and cream softness. On the palate, too, this blend of 44 per cent Grenache with 28 per cent Syrah and 24 per cent Mourvèdre plus a seasoning of other varieties is refined, elegant and soft, amply evolved already, with delicate tannins and sustained, gathered acidity: a convincing gastronomic classic rather than a tasting-bench showstopper. 91 Points, Andrew Jefford, April 2018
Great with a wild boar casserole, rack of lamb with thyme or a duck fillet.