Throughout history, wine has been a significant element in the Catholic tradition and culture of many European wine regions with strong historical connections to the Church. The popes and the Catholic Church have played an important role in promoting viticulture and wine production in the region. When it comes to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a well-known wine region in the south of France, in Provence, whose name means “The Pope’s New Castle”, for a long time this region was a favourite summer residence of priests and, in particular, popes. During this time, the need to provide wine for religious ceremonies had a significant impact on the development of viticulture in the area and contributed very positively to the growth of wine production in the region. This same period of time was when Chateau la Nerthe was born, an estate that has always received the best care in order to offer exquisite reds and whites that are complex and beautifully balanced.
The estate, owned by the family who have specialised in wines and coffees for the Richard restaurants since 1985, produces remarkable wines like this Château La Nerhe Châteauneuf du Pape. A coupage of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault from vineyards that grow on slopes and on sandy-clay soils covered by a layer of “galets” (large, round, weathered stones). These vines are over 40 years old and are organically cultivated and harvested by hand when they reach optimum ripeness. After the grapes are sorted, they are fermented for almost 4 weeks with periodic pumping over and punching down and temperature controlled fermentation. The wine is then racked into oak vats for malolactic fermentation and finally aged in large French oak barrels and casks for 12 months.
The fruit of a region steeped in art, culture and savoir vivre, Château La Nerhe Châteauneuf du Pape is a fine, fruity and elegant red wine. All the passion and expertise of a landmark property in Châteauneuf du Pape that has remained wonderfully immune to the passage of time.
Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf du Pape 2020 is a concentrated red wine with intense aromas of ripe black fruit, accompanied by spicy notes and hints of graphite. On the palate it is unctuous, concentrated and elegant. A medium-bodied wine with well-integrated acidity, fine tannins and a long, rich and silky finish.