Cuvée Fines Roches red

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APPELLATION
Châteauneuf du Pape
SURFACE
45 ha (120 ac.) in total – 2 of which for this cuvée
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARD
80 years old and more for most of the vines which give the grapes for this cuvée.
PRODUCTION
6.600 bottles (600 cases), only the promising vintages.
SOIL
Pebbles on the surface, storing up the heat in the daytime and releasing in the night-time, thus enabling the grapes to attain a high degree of maturity. Red-clay subsoil.
ASPECT
South / South-east
GRAPE VARIETIES
• 1/3 Grenache • 1/3 Syrah • 1/3 Mourvèdre
VINIFICATION/AGING
• Traditional vinification in stainless-steel tanks • An average 28 day vatting time • Around 12 month aging in demi-muids and barrels of 2 to 3 years old. At least 1 year of aging in bottle.
CHARACTER
Deep ruby colour. Prevailing aromas: spices, red berries ans a delicate note of vanilla. Finesse and roundness. Potential of aging: 15 to 20 years
ACCOMPANIMENT
To be drunk now, open the bottle several hours before serving or 8 to 10 years after the harvest. This wine will develop aromas of cocoa bean and vanilla. To serve with game such as a wild hare stew or a “coq au vin” (rooster in red wine sauce). It is also ideal with a Black Forest cake or any other chocolate desserts.