Croix de Bois Rouge Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017
This vineyard, a traditional “lieu-dit,” has long been the source of grapes for Chapoutier’s La Bernardine proprietary wine. Its vines have matured to a minimal-yield level (15 HL/HA), and it is capable of producing its own great wine. 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 its first vintage 1998, it will continue to make waves as its vines show further maturity
APPEARANCE: Intense ruby
NOSE:Black fruits and blackberry jam
PALATE: Unctuous, ample with warm tannins
VARIETAL: 100% Grenache
TERROIR: The soil, typical of the appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is composed of big quartzite shingles and sandy red clay.
VINIFICATION: Selective hand picking at maturity. Vinifications are made in concrete tanks. Grapes are destemmed and the vatting lasts around 3 weeks, in order to polymerize the tannins. Only the free-run juice is used to make this wine.
Aging: Ageing in tanks between 14 and 16 months. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-70 years.