LVT 2019 r 2019 wh Modern, sleek wines here, but they lost some of their character during the 2010s, under uninspiring management, with the crop harvested safely, which meant extremely early. A new manager, Ralph Garcin, arrived in 2016, but by 2019 had departed for the Guigal empire. Continuity, and a clear statement of local ID, are needed here. Perhaps a revival is now on the cards, since the 2019 classic red bubbled with fruit vigour and energy, and was a rare case of a w.o.w. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a **** wine, This is a long-time organic domaine, one of the largest and oldest, with warm, well-sited vineyards just East of the village.
The classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape red varies from one year to the next in its blend - the 2018, for instance, was 38% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, whereas the rather tame (in the context of a glorious vintage, one of the best of my lifetime) 2016 was 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre, 7% Cinsault. It is a large production wine, always over 100,000 bottles.
The special Cadettes red was a ****(*) wine in 2016, with its recent high of 52% Grenache welcome in my view; this was topped by the ***** 2018 Cadettes, lovely and genuine, and a stylish, classy, unhurried ****(*) 2019 - so there are welcome signs of a bounce back to former glories. The classic white is elegant, as is the longer-lived, more stately Clos de Beauvenir, the two-thirds Roussanne, one-third Clairette plot-specific wine from just in front of the Château; it has become less obviously oaked, and more refined as result, from the 2016 vintage, which was a **** wine, with the 2019 ****(*). There are also two noteworthy Villages wines, a red and white called Cassagnes.
route de Sorgues BP 43 84232 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)490 83 70 11
Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Scandinavia, excl Finland 3) GB
Percentage Exported: 65-70%, down from 75-80%
British Importers: Berry Brothers, Champagne & Chateaux, both in London
USA Importers: Pasternak Wine Imports 500 Mamaroneck Ave Harrison NY 10528 1800 946 3110 www.pasternakwine.com