This is a historical wine from the estate. Mainly coming from old vines of Grenache, a classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape exhibiting its terroir with lots of depth.
A very dry Summer though not very hot, with slightly more wind than usual. Ideal weather conditions during the harvest enabled us to pick perfectly healthy bunches doted with great colour.
The grapes come from a variety of vineyard sites – Montalivet, La Crau, Les Blachières, Coste Froide, Bois Seneseau, Palestor, Bois Dauphin, Pied de Baud, Les Bousquets, Les Parrans, Les Marines, Le Bois de la Ville, Cansaud, Les Gallimardes et Les Serres, these localities extend from the north to the south of the appellation. The orientation of the vineyards, the local climates and the soils are all extremely varied (quartzite deposits, sands, mollasic sandstone, marine clay….) and allows one to adapt the varietal to the particular plot or to use the various expressions of the same varietal.
A partial destemming takes place and the vats are gravity filled. The wine is made avoiding maximal extraction, on the contrary the sought after qualities are elegance and freshness. The free run juice and the press juice are raised separately, mainly in concrete tanks where they undergo their malo-lactic fermentation. After the final blend is made the wine continues to mature in large oak barrels. – Clos-Montolivet