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Domaine de Villeneuve Chateauneuf-du-Pape vieilles vignes 2011

Domaine de Villeneuve Chateauneuf-du-Pape vieilles vignes 2011

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Variety: 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, Cinsault & Clairette
Country, Region: France, Rhone Valley
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(75% grenache and 15% mourvedre, with cinsault, syrah and clairette):  Bright ruby-red.  Redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with subtle floral and mineral qualities adding complexity.  Taut red fruit flavors are tangy and sharply focused, with floral pastille and blood orange notes building on the back half.  Finishes with a touch of smoky minerality, good clarity and tangy persistence.  In a linear, nervy style that benefits from aeration.”  Steve Tanzer

Domaine de Villeneuve is a small estate (8.4 hectares) situated in the northern sector of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the lieu-dit of Palestor. The estates vineyards are close to Château Beaucastel on one side, and Mont-Redon on the other. 90% of the vines are between 30 and 100+ years of age, with 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah, and 7% of other varieties.

The property was purchased by the du Roy de Blicquy and Wallut families in 1993.  Since then they have completely refurbished the estate. A new winery was built under-ground over three levels to allow all operations to be carried out by gravity feed to eliminate the use of pumps. Ageing of the Grenache takes place in large enamel lined cement tanks and the Syrah and Mouvedre components which used to be aged in large casks are now also aged in the enamel lined cement tanks.

Using bio-dynamic practices the old vines were nursed back to health and only a small percentage of the vineyard was re-planted , mostly to Syrah and Mourvedre. Yields are kept at a very low 20 to 28 hectoliters per hectare, and the wines are fermented with natural yeasts and kept with CO2 in order to eliminate the usage of SO2 during the maturation process. The wine is bottled un-fined and unfiltered with a tiny safe amount of SO2 for export. These are stylish wines of freshness and intensity with depth and grace that possess natural balance and moderate alcohol levels with no undue heaviness or extract.

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