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The estate mansion has a long history, originating from the Middle Ages, but also Napoleon III resided in our current home. It was however our grandfather Rémy Carichon, who spotted the excellent terroir for wine and decided to plant the first vines. This wine is made from our oldest vines on our best terroirs
Country and region : France, Rhône valley
Classification : AOP Châteauneuf-du-Pape - CRU
Terroir: Terraces of rounded pebbles in the north-west of appellation
Grapes varieties : 60 %Grenache- 40 % Syrah
Ageing : Can be enjoyed young to enjoy the fruit aromas, but can also be kept in your cellar for 15 years during which aging aromas will develop.
Vinification : For this wine, the old vines combined with an exceptional terroir bring intense aromas to this Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terraces of rounded pebbles cumulate sun heat during the afternoon and return it at night. The grapes are handpicked & sorted and fully destemmed, we only keep the best. The must ferments at low temperature during 20 to 30 days with several treadings to enhance the skin-juice contact and the development of a maximum of aromas. The wine is partly aged in oak barrels as well as in concrete tanks for 12 to 18 months and filtered before bottling.
Wine tasting : Dark ruby dense color with garnet-red shades. Quite intense nose of fine fruit like black cherries, blackcurrant. Very distinguished nose. Rich and powerful palate with a full-bodied and rich structure, compact tannins and an intense long finish.
Food pairing: This wine will accompany fine dishes like blanquette, grilled meat, a rib of beef, cheese aged of several years.
Serving temperature : 18°C / 64°F