Vineyard & Vinification Note
The eau de vie of Château La Nerthe, comes from the distillation of wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, produced on the estate. It is called “Fine” and not “Marc”, a brandy produced with the residue of winemaking.
The heads (first distillation fractions) and tails (end of distillation) are eliminated, one is kept the heart of the distillate, ie the finest and noblest eau-de-vie. The spirit then emerges at almost 70% proof.
The ageing of fine Château La Nerthe is done in oak timbers of 350 L. The oak comes from the Limousin, its grain is looser than that of oak from Allier used for wine. The wood and eau-de-vie are then favoured.
Ageing lasts at least 5 years, first in new barrels and then in barrels of about ten years. The degree will be gradually reduced to 40% vol. due to evaporation (4% per year) and “coupes” practiced (addition of distilled water).
All the while, Fine will gradually tint, taking a light oak colour, bright with golden highlights.
Expressive nose with fruity and subtly vegetal aromas with dried fruits (raisins, hazelnuts), ethyl and evolution notes (Porto, Sherry).
The palate, full-bodied, shows a nice balance. We find the taste of dried fruit, buttered and spicy notes. In the final, the wood seamlessly extends these perceptions.
The original and complex personality of Fine Château La Nerthe expresses the sum of two complex processes involved for obtaining it: the very careful vinification and world famous multiple varieties of the appellation and the traditional distillation followed by ageing