Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2008 Excels and Rates A Major From Wine On Line

Pasternak Wine Imports, (PWI) a leading national importer of fine wines from
around the world is the sole U.S. Agent and Importers for Château La Nerthe, from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Château La Nerthe has a rich heritage dating back to 1560 and is recognized as a benchmark producer from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. 225 acres of organically certified old vine vineyards ring the graceful grand château which creates wines that express the unique terroir and delivers unparalleled elegance. Chateau La Nerthe is
owned and managed by the renowned Richard family, involved in wine making and wine distribution since 1892.Château La Nerthe is one of Chateauneuf’s oldest estates and a benchmark producer of the region. Located in the heart of the AOC, the 225 acres of Château La Nerthe’s vineyards are locates in a single block around the chateau and have been certified organic since 1998. The classic chateauneuf terroir of the famous galettes (large, round stones) dominate the on average 40 year old vineyards.

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France Deep ruby color with a purple rim. A wonderful, expressive nose where ripe black and red fruits (cherry & black currant) combine with spices. Full- bodied with gorgeous, silky tannins, a balanced palate and a particularly long finished where notes of dates add an extra layer of complexity. alcohol by volume: 14.5%

A deep red with profound purple hints. Intense aromas with rich ripe fruits undertones, spices and various black colored berries soaked in alcohol. Well balanced on the palate with expressive hints of fig, cocoa and leather. The finish is long, complex and we note a great finesse of tanins.

Grape Varieties: Grenache 43 %, Syrah 36 %, Mourvèdre 21 %
Finished Alcohol: 14.5%
Acidity/pH: 3.65
Residual Sugar: 2
SRP: $59

 

Outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Pape and worth every Euro. Delicious with game, beef, cheese or assertive seafood.

 

 

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Disclosure

THE VINEYARD
Archives affirm Château La Nerthe’s existence as early as 1560, while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region’s
wine culture in the 12th century making it one of Châteauneuf’s oldest estates. Located in the heart of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape aoc region of
southern France not far from Avignon, the 90 hectares (225 acres) of Château La Nerthe vineyards are located in a single block around the
Château and have been certified Organic since 1998. The terroir is very typical for the region: vineyards runs along a slope, at the top of which
the vines dig their roots into soils of sandy-clay, on the surface there is a layer of the famous galettes, large, round, well-worn stones that
originated in the Alps, having been carried down to the Rhône by the glaciers of previous ice ages. The further down the slope of the vineyard you travel, the more these stones dominate. All 14 of the permitted primary varietals are planted- Grenache dominates 62% of vineyards and the vines average over 40 years old for the estate. Cuvee de Cadettes is not a selection made in the cellar but from a unique
20 acre vineyard planted with 85 to 100 year old vines
HARVEST & AGEING
The summer was long, warm and dry. Fortunately, September began with a single day of rain which contributed to the good balance
by adding much needed acidity and allowing a wonderful phenolic maturity. The hand harvesting started on September 12th and
ended September 22nd, with clear skies throughout. Grenache was the star variety of this classic vintage. Malolactic fermentation
occurred in October and the wines were racked in barrels and foudres for ageing in November.

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