Type: Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Croix de Bois”
Grape Variety Used: 100% Grenache
Alcohol Level: 15%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Vinification in closed concrete vats. Grapes are destemmed, vatting lasts for about 3 weeks.
Length/Type of Aging: Aging in vats for 14 to 16 months
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
This vineyard, a traditional lieu-dit, has long been a mainstay for the sourcing of the grapes for Chapoutier’s La Bernardine proprietary wine. Its vines have matured to a minimally-yielding level (15 HL/HA), and it is capable of great wine of its own. About half the age of Barbe Rac, and a bit lower in elevation, its spicy nose and deep red-fruit flavors make a distinctive statement of dense Grenache intensity. An immediate hit in its first vintage, 1998, it will continue to make waves as the vines show further maturity.