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Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007

Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007
 
  • Robert Parker, Jr. 93
Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate:  Rated as An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape unquestionably benefitted from the declassified Cuvee des Cadettes being included in the blend. Composed of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, and 22% Mourvedre, 62% was barrel-aged and the rest spent time in large wood foudres before blending. Excellent aromatics of lavender, licorice, blueberry, black raspberry, and new saddle leather are followed by a ripe, full-bodied, elegant, accessible wine offering an admirable concoction of rich fruit, a substantial, full-bodied mouthfeel, and silky tannins. It should drink nicely for 12-15 years." Oct 2009

Wired For Wine:  Talk about clasically delicious, and your subject matter might very well be this Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  It is a masterful combination of succulent dark berry fruits, spice and earthy accents, capable of anchoring most any holiday meal.  Dive into your first deep ruby glass with porcini mushroom latkes and a chive cream sauce.  That ought to get everybody's attention...  A standard French meal pairing with this Rhone red is lamb, so we say spend the afternoon simmering a lamb stew with tomatoes, leeks and baby artichokes.  The lovely full body and intense aromatic persona of the wine will be a fabulous companion.  An easy choice to highlight the silky tannins of this Château La Nerthe is a grilled strip steak with your preferred side dishes.  Délectable.  This lively, impressive Chateauneuf-du-Pape is great with roasted game birds and rabbit as well.  You will have to decide between rabbit étouffée with baked cheese grits and roast squab with mushrooms and a country bread salad.  Both have the perfect mix of comfort and substantial savoriness.  This elegant, focused French red works beautifully with cheese too, so keep those diners happy with one more course.  Open another bottle and pour it with a French Brillat Savarin triple creme cheese.  It is wonderfully decadent, should only be eaten with friends, and should be served with ripe, fresh fruit and crusty, French bread.  Allons-y mes amis!

Bottle:  750ml, cork
Varietal:  Grenache 48%, Syrah 29%, Mourvèdre 22%, Cinsault 0.5%, Other 0.5%
Alcohol:  14.0%
Ageing:   62% in oak barrels, 38% in casks & wooden vats
Region:  Rhone Valley, France
Regular Price $56.00
Sale Price $44.97
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