Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau La Nerthe and Wine Channel TV at the Four Seasons in Chicago
Chateauneuf du Pape is known not only for its remarkable history ( meaning new Castle of the Pope and referring to the 14th century when the Pope resided in Avignon, not Rome) but for its incredible wine.
Chateau La Nerthe is located in the Chateauneuf du Pape AOC region of Southern France. The estate dates back to the 16th century, making it one of the oldest estates in the region, and is known for it’s Mediterranean climate with 200 days of sunshine a year. As well, Chateau La Nerthe’s unique soil of limestone and pebbles add to the structure and intense aromas of the wine.
Winemaker Christian Voeux took some time to meet with me at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago after an fantastic tasting of some of the varietals Chateau La Nerthe produces. I also received one of the coolest,most impressive information books on a winery I have ever been handed at a tasting; this book belongs in a Barnes and Noble !
One wine that stood out at the tasting was the Cuvee De Cadettes Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge. This wine is a blend of Grenache(43%), Syrah (36%) and Mourvedre (21%). The 2005 recently earned 96 points by eRobertParker.com and is noted for its rich ripe black/red fruit notes wonderfully balanced by hints of fig, leather and cocoa with a long finish.
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