This wine originates from Domaine Renjarde’s vineyards in Serignan-du-Comtat, north of Orange and Avignon and Massif d’Uchaux. These vineyards are managed by the Chateau la Nerthe team with the same passion and experience for which the esteemed Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate is recognized. The 40+ year old vineyards contain all the traditional grape varietals of the Southern Rhône Valley: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.
The vines are planted in different types of soil with calcareous sandstones and very little clay. Some of them are planted directly in the bedrock. These vineyards are located at altitudes up to 600 feet above sea level. The gently undulating slopes produce high quality grapes that turn into fleshy and balanced wines.
The grapes are manually harvested immediately when they hit maturity. They’re then sorted on tables and lightly crushed in tanks. Smooth extraction of color and tannins results from several daily pump overs. Co-fermentation of the 3 varietals occurs in vats for a long maceration, about 4 weeks. Final blend is aged in concrete tanks for 9 months until bottling. The switch to concrete tanks was made starting with the 2017 vintage as it retains the fresh fruit expression of the wine, especially in warmer vintages.
Power, structure and color are the signatures of this vintage. In appearance, a very deep purple with violet hints. On the nose, it’s very expressive with notes of small red and black berries along with floral and spice notes. On the palate it’s very round, dominated by the Syrah’s spicy notes. Thanks to the tannins it shows excellent maturity and very good length with full ripeness. Additionally it’s well balanced with significant aging potential.
Enjoy with vegetable dishes , grilled red meats and pasta bolognese.