2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Charbonnière

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Grenache and Mourvèdre in the traditional 80:20 ratio, the latter picked a little earlier to facilitate co-fermentation and ensure an early integration which in no way compromises the complexity of flavour. Élevage this year has been entirely in tronconique vat rather than demi-muid, and the results are outstanding. Provence herbs, smoky bacon, tapenade and blueberry were the first of many descriptors to grace this taster’s near-illegible page. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Charbonnière is usually the first visit of our November week in the south and always proves a worthy barometer of the sty