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M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf Du Pape 2020

M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf Du Pape 2020

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The 2020 vintage release of M.Chapoutier La Bernadine Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an intense crimson-red and has a complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, morello cherry. The palate sees spicy (liquorice) and fruity aromas.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Grenache

Size: 750mL

Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

ABV: 15%

Vintage: 2020

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Winery & Vintage Info

As its name implies, the history of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape commune and its wine are strongly tied to papal history. In 1308, Pope Clément V, archbishop of Bordeaux, moved the papacy to Avignon. Some years later, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, the wines came to be known as “Wines of the Pope”. This term later became Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Jean XXII was responsible for the construction of the Château which is the symbol of the appellation.

The blending of grape varieties is a characteristic of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In ”La Bernardine” red, Grenache is the main grape used in the blend, with
a smaller proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Grenache is a grape variety that brings a natural sweetness to the blend, which gives the wine elegance, silky tannins and great finesse.

Quaternary period terraces with large, round pebbles, emanating from the former Rhône riverbed, on the surface. There are several terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape composed of large, round pebbles, Miocenian safres and Villafrancian terraces on clay matrix.

The grapes are carefully selected during the harvesting. Compulsory to obtain the Appellation, this sorting allows to have the best bunches of grapes.

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation produces wines that are blends of different grape varieties, therefore, vinification depends on the component grapes and their varietals. Traditional vinification is carried out in closed concrete tanks. The vatting period usually lasts for around 3 weeks, at high temperature to ensure the maximum extraction of colour and tannins.

Ageing takes place in concrete tanks for 15 months to ensure good oxygenation of the wine, which preserves its freshness and aromas.

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