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Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Charvin 2019
The family estate was created back in 1851, but it wasn't until Laurent Charvin joined his father Gérard in 1990 that the estate bottled off their own wines. Such was the critical approval that very rapidly followed, they were soon bottling all their wines themselves and selling none to the négoce.
He works organically out in the vineyards, and winemaking is stripped down to the essentials with 100% whole bunches used for both reds, a light crush to start with, daily remontage ensuring the cap is kept moist during a 20 days fermentation, and concrete vat ageing with no sulphur during 16 to 18 months for the CDR and 21 months for the CNDP. The wines are unfiltered but lightly fined before bottling with total sulphur around 45mg/l.
An age-worthy wine emanating from superb work in the vineyard, and the least possible intervention back in the cave to capture all the fruit's potential. It has spicy, chewy cherry fruit, a hint of thyme and is rich, long, but always fresh with salivation on the finish reflecting the lime-rich soils. For drinking now to 2030+.
Producer Domaine Charvin
Origin Orange, Vaucluse, France
Grapes 82% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse
Alcohol 15% ABV
Style Medium body red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest, whole bunch fermented in concrete with indigenous yeast, aged for 21 months. Unfiltred, unfined, little SO2 added at bottling.
Notes Organic, Natural