Blending in the Rhône - November 2014

 

On the 18th and 19th November we did the blending of our Côtes du Rhône-Villages at Domaine des Grands Devers and our Châteauneuf-du-Pape at La Fagotière. We were principally blending the 2013s but we were also able, for the first time ever, to do the Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc for the 2014 vintage.

 

In general 2013 was a tricky year with late flowering, a normal summer, but damp autumn. Yields were very low due to mildew and oidium as well as savage selection on the part of the vignerons.

 

Our Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2013 blend is made up of 75% Grenache and 24% Syrah and has a bright attractive red fruit and thyme scent and elegant, juicy palate with juicy savoury raspberry fruit and pepper spice.

 

At La Fagotière, their yields were below 20hl/ha (they would normally average 38hl/ha) due to Coulure (irregular bunches due to cold weather) as well as very rigorous selection. Only the best made it into the vat!

 

The white Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014 is a blend of 70% Clairette and 30% Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. We left out Picpoul out this year as it was late-picked and wasn’t right for the blend. It has a lovely fresh herbally personality with bright lemon and pear fruit. It is delicious now, but will age well too.

 

The red Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 is outstanding. It is a blend of around 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. It is for drinking slightly earlier than normal and has a mix of red and black fruits, pepper spice and cedar and velvet-smooth tannins. The finish is long, pure and mineral. Very attractive!

 

Look out for these wines – released to Partners from May 2015.

 

Blending Châteauneuf

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