Vineyard & Vinification Note
The parcels are spread over the entire area of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
The various locations boast four different types of terroir which has great impact on the complexity in the wines. There are lime-rich, cool locations as well as dry, warm sandy soil.
24 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Cuvée de Mon Aieul is a selection of grapes from vines 75 to 90 years old. They come from plots on La Crau, les Bédines or les Serres, where the soils are sand and stone, covered in the regions famous galets.
Harvest is done by hand.
The bunches are destemmed, depending on the ripeness of the stalks, and then they are very slightly crushed before macerating in concrete vats for 30 to 40 days. Fermentation temperatures are between 25 ° – 28 °. During this period procedures such as pumping over, délestage or even batonnage take place. These procedures allow a gentle extraction of the aromatic components to ensure good concentration and intense colours.
Aged in concrete tanks for 18 months.
The “Cuvée de mon Aïeul” is a pure and concentrated wine. The nose is very complex with notes of raspberries, liquorice and spices. It is a powerful wine that retains great elegance. Delicious!
Wine Advocate Tasting Note
The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aïeul is, as always, 100% Grenache brought up mostly in tank, with smaller portions in barrels and demi-muids, all of which are one- to three-years-old. Like all top 2014s, its charming and sweetly fruited, with classic Grenache notes of toasted spices, incense, roasted herbs and sweet red and black fruits. It’s not a blockbuster, but is beautifully balanced and silky, with fine tannin, no hard edges, good concentration and outstanding length. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, October 2016
Vinous Tasting Note
Deep ruby. Mineral-accented red and dark berries, anise and pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Impressively concentrated, expansive flavors of raspberry and candied flowers are complicated by deeper licorice and dark chocolate qualities that sneak in on the back half. Sweet and precise on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and round, harmonious tannins. 92-94 points, Josh Raynolds, April 2016
Enjoy with game, a rack of lamb and strong cheeses.