Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Rouge
Grape Variety Used: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Alcohol Level: 15%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Vinification is carried out in the traditional way in concrete tanks. This is about three-week fermentation with a high temperature to ensure an optimal extraction of the color and tannins.
Châteauneuf has a substantial historic presence. Its influence stretches back to the time of the popes, installed in Avignon in the 14th century. At that time, Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the summer residence of the Papacy (John XXII, Clément V, Urbain V and Innocent V), which sourced its wine from the surrounding area.
In the early 20th century, the winemakers were regularly acknowledged for their wines by a special board of judges, formed at the behest of Baron “Le Roy de Boiseaumarié.”
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is known for its amazing soil, composed of large rolled stones from the bed of the Rhône river. These stones hold the heat of the day’s sun and warm the vines in the brisk evening air. Chapoutier’s La Bernardine is quite unique in that it is made up of only one to three grape varieties when 13 are allowed by AOC law. With this unique approach and the low-yield of his vineyards, Chapoutier produces a rich, flavorful wine with moderate tannins.