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We're pleased to offer these beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Papes from two of our very favorite estates! Both domains practice great farming - Charvin has been certified organic since 2011 but "practicing" organic long before, and Pierre André has been organic since 1980 and Biodynamic since 1992. Both domains vinify with whole clusters and age the wine in concrete - these two estates are among the finest sources for pure, unforced wines of terroir in Châteauneuf.
Domaine Charvin: "It is one of the unsung top addresses, the quality super consistent, the authenticity of the wines beyond reproach." (DrinkRhone) The grapes are mostly old-vine Grenache grown on north-facing parcels at "Les Cabrières" with Syrah and Mourvedre. There is also 5% of Vaccarèse grown on sandy soils which adds freshness and subtlety to the wine. The 2010 Charvin is one of the top wines of this excellent vintage, alongside Rayas, Beaucastel and Clos des Papes. This is a unique opportunity to obtain a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape which will drink beautifullly now with a long decant, and will age gracefully for another ten to fifteen years. 2017 was a difficult vintage in CDP, with low yields, drought and heat, and yet some superb wines were made and growers such as Emmanuel Reynaud and Paul Avril consider it to be an extraordinary and great vintage. Both Charvin and Pierre André made excellent wines in 2017 - big, meaty, complex wines that are unique and full of character - they will drink well young and will cellar for twenty-five to thirty years!
Domaine Pierre André: We think that Jaqueline André, with her son Vincent, is making some of the most soulful and authentic wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, each vintage revealing the character of the year, the very old vines and the terroirs with complete transparency. The estate’s vines average 65-70 years old with some parcels 100-120 years old, mostly in the lieu-dits of Les Gardioles, Les Bédines, L`Etang, Les Saumades, Chapouin, Pignan and Guigasse, a combination mostly of sandy clay and galets stones. 2016 was a truly great vintage here and we are happy to offer another 60 bottles of this lovely juice! We first tasted the 2017 last January and we were amazed at the completely different character of this big, brauny and delicious wine. It shows fantastic complexity of fruit, earth, spice and minerals, in a softer frame than the 2016. DrinkRhone says keep until 2048 - we think this will make superb early drinking, but forget a few in the cellar if you can keep your hands off it...
"Le Domaine Pierre André est petit domaine de 15 hectares en agriculture biologique certifiée depuis 1987, avec des vignes d'une moyenne d'age de 80 ans, (les plus vieilles atteignant le siècle et demi). Les parcelles se répartissent sur l'ensemble de l'appellation, avec une majorité de grenache (80%), de la syrah (10%), du mourvèdre (8%) et du cinsault (2%). Les vignes sont complantées de quelques pieds de counoise, vaccarèse et muscardin. Les vendanges sont manuelles en caissettes, les vinifications se font en vendanges entières, fermentations sur levures indigènes, macérations de 3 à 4 semaines. Les vins sont ensuite élevés pour partie en cuves béton et en foudre, pas de bois neuf. Les parcelles sont élevées séparément jusqu'à l'assemblage final qui ne donnera qu'un vin comme aux Vieux Donjon, chez Charvin ou à Rayas. On peut dire que les vins du domaine sont d'un style traditionnel à cela près qu'ils évitent deux écueils : la rusticité et la chaleur. En effet, quelque soit le millésime les vins ont toujours de la finesse et de l'élégance, et surtout une remarquable fraîcheur."
Chapelle St. Theodoric "les Sablons": The importer found one last case of the 2016, from Grenache vines ranging in age between 50-100 years in La Guigasse, a soil of pure sand, and Le Grand Pin, a terroir of sand at the top of Pignan. Whole cluster vinification, and aged in demi-muids, delicious wine, 12 bottles only...
Special pricing for this email: 2016 Pierre André will discount to $53.99, the 2017 Pierre André to $49.99 and the 2016 Magnums to $108.99 per bottle. Normal 10% case discounts apply to Charvin and Chapelle St. Théodoric. Wines arrive Mid/Late April due to slowdowns at port and warehouse.
(Note: 2016 Pierre André Special Price is $53.99) We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes. On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended. David Lillie
(Note: Pierre André 2016 Magnum Special Price is $108.99) We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes. On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended. David Lillie
(Special pricing $49.99) Tasted in Montpellier Jan. 2020: dark black/red color, very aromatic with red currant, strawberry, spice, earth; palate is round, dense, good acidity, deep black cherry, red currant, plum, earth, minerals; very long but softer than the 2016, great finish. Delicious now or cellar 15 to 20 years. DL "Full, dark red. The bouquet is promising, well varied already, with a beef stock, loganberry, deep black fruit presence. There is a shimmer of dusty heat from it. The palate is rich and rolling right from the start, engages very well with a flourishing length and spiced notes in the sparky, full finish. Lots of life blood here, a nourishing wine with genuine typicity, good vigour and cut. Not much more praise can be added. This lights my fuse, sure thing." DrinkRhone Oct 2018
We apologize, but although we did sell the 2010 Charvin we had no tasting note of our own. Here is the review from our favorite Rhone writer, John Livingston-Learmonth, written in 2012: "...dark, shiny, inviting red robe. Has a grilled, toasted first air – this is an exciting bouquet. Blackberry fruit resides, with garrigue herbs dotted around it. Licorice and loganberry, those dark berries, also feature. There is lots to play with here over time. The palate has a great start, a smooth-sided block of dark, black fruits, all as one. The acidity is good. For now, it is sealed, and all about the future. It is definitely a pity to touch this – “unless you have blood red beef or game that hasn’t been cooked much,” (L Charvin). Classy, full, long. Decant it. Complex, a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape, licorice thanks to the Mourvèdre comes through on the finish – it extends, is very long. Drink until 2033 - 2035."
From DrinkRhone: "Full red; this has a comely, rounded nose, blackberry fruit, coulis version, crème de menthe, sweetness, some meat gravy, musk of dried flowers, India ink. The palate pushes out on suave filling, has thorough heart, live tannins, inner punch, some velvet outside. There is good iron present, despite the vintage, and it comes along with some stealth. The tannins contribute energy. Drink until 2045-47." In a vintage that produced big but rather awkward wines, the Charvin 2017 CDP stands out for it's elegance and balance. It needs a few years to open, then will provide superb drinking for another 20 years. DL
This is what I'd call 'Châteauneuf-du-Pape-on-a-budget'! Domaine Charvin is a very traditional winemaker with only ~10 hectares of vines in the CdP appellation which he farms organically, and is considered one of the best in the region. The "Poutet" is a very similar blend to his CdP bottling with 81% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan, and 7% Syrah from 40+ year-old vines grown on sandy soils with galets roulés. He ferments traditionally with all whole-cluster fruit and native yeasts. Perhaps less traditionally, the wine never sees any wood, fermented in concrete and then aged in vats.The nose is intense and savory with dried violets, plum, and a peppery spice, and the palate is clean, silky, and leaves you with the taste of dried herbs and crushed cherry. Michelle DeWyngaert
Chappelle St. Theodoric - a project of winemaker Bapiste Grangeon and Peter Weygandt - has quickly become one of our favorite Southern Rhône producers. The domaine is comprised of two parcels of Grenache vines (each ranging in age between 50-100 years): La Guigasse, a soil of pure sand, and Le Grand Pin, a terroir of pure sand at the top of Pignan - and famously neighboring Château Rayas. "Les Sablons" is Grenache from both parcels, which sees whole-cluster vinification, and aging in demi-muids. The 2016 is a bolder and richer vintage than most: it will still carry the aromatics and floral traits of Chapelle St. Theodoric's wines, yet with beautiful undercurrents of black raspberry, red flowers, fresh red cherry and a long finish of cassis and bright plum. An elegant wine that can be aged for quite some time, or enjoyed now after an hour decant. JDC