DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE Domaine de la Charbonnière was bought by Eugene Maret in 1912 and since then, it has been passed through the family from generation to generation. Today, Michel owns 18 hectares 50 of Châteauneuf du Pape, scattered in the appellation.
BLENDING 70% Grenache (more than 100 years old) 30% Mourvèdre
PARCELS Grapes are partly coming from the rocky plateau called La Crau, just in the southeast of the village and from the parcels around the estate.
WINEMAKING AND MATURING Enormous care is taken at harvest time. Handmade harvest with a selective sorting of grapes are proofs of quality. Desteming and crushing of all grapes. Winemaking of Grenache and Mourvedre is made in different tanks. The fermentation lasts 3 to 5 weeks. A release or a punching of the cap is done every 2 days and pumping over every day. The malolactic fermentation is made in open-top oak vats Aging continues in big oak tanks during 6 8 monthsfor Grenache and in barrels or demi_muids for Mourvèdre.
PRESS REVIEW A brilliant effort, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is velvety textured and full-bodied, offering hints of sandy, loamy soils, licorice, kirsch and crushed rocks (minerality soars from the glass). Stunningly rich, layered and provocative, it is a classic wine of Provence. This big, mouthfilling, chewy 2010 should drink well for 15-20+ years. Robert Parker 95
Avec un nez sur la résine et sur les épices, la cuvée se démarque par un surcroit délégance et de finesse, sur des tannins longs et fins » 17,5/20 Guide des meilleurs vins de France 2013(RVF)
« Plus tendre, délicat, tapissant, généreux mais fin, aromes de fraise et dépices fins, profondeur veloutée » 17/20 Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2013
The most backwards and structured in the lineup, the 2010 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Grenache that was aged in oak casks. It possesses a classical array of kirsch liqueur, licorice, rolled stone-like minerality, and garrigue to go with a structu- red, concentrated mouth feel and finish. With air, it continues to deve- lop and flesh out, picking up more and more elegance and texture on the palate, as well as beautiful purity of fruit. I am a fan and this may eclipse the other cuvees down theroad; it is certainly not for those seeking instantgratification. 94+ The Rhone Report 2012
Varietal: Rhone Blend - Red
(shah toe nuf doo pahp)—Situated on the sun-baked southern reaches of the Rhone Valley, this appellation grows a great number of grape varieties, but is best known for its full-bodied dry reds. As many as thirteen different kinds of grape can end up in one bottle, although most vintners use only three or four, especially Syrah, Mourvédre, and Grenache.