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2015 Charles Thomas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Producer: Charles Thomas
Country/Region: France - Rhone Valley - Chateauneuf du Pape AOC
Ratings:
WE
89

The wine is produced from vineyards located in the town of Orange, Sorgues, Courthezon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The soil is made of rolled pebbles, limestone, red  clay, grey clay and sand.
Charles Thomas Chateauneuf-du-Pape rouge displays a deep garnet red color. On the nose it reveals a bouquet of small red berries and hints of spices. The palate is round, full and rich.

2015 Charles Thomas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Vintage: 2015
Grape Varietals: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault
Aging: No oak
Serving Temp: 60-65°F
Closure: Cork

Wine Making Notes:

Charles Thomas Châteauneuf-du-Pape is sourced from different grape growers in the AOC. The idea is to have a wine made with grapes coming from all the different soils type found in Châteauneuf. As a matter of fact, soil and subsoil can be very different.
To generalize, one can say there is limestone soil in the (rocky) western part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape; sand and clay soil covered with large stones on the plateaus; mixed sand, red and grey clay, and limestone in the northern part of the appellation; less stony soil alternating with marl in the east; and shallow sand and clay soil on a well-drained layer of gravel in the south. The large pebbles contribute to the quality of the vines and grapes by storing heat during the day and holding water. Our Charles Thomas Châteauneuf-du-Pape is using grapes coming from all these soil types in order to offer a broader approach to what this AOC is all about.

Right after harvest, the grapes are destemmed and sorted at the winery. Then, the grapes are gently crushed and goes into fermentation tanks for 15 days in controlled temperature tanks. It is then pressed slightly and matured for a few months in order to preserve the richness of the aromas.


Pairings:

Game, duck, guinea fwl, pigeon, osso bucco, eggplant quiche and flavorful cheeses.

Product Formats:

Item number Unit Units/Case Type UPC - bottle SCC - case SRP/Unit
F0EE130200RRM 750ml 12 Glass 7 84585 02140 6 1 07 84585 02140 3 $24.95