Châteauneuf du Pape Château de la Gardine Cuvée Immortelle Discontinued
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France , Vallée du Rhône
Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate: "...ressembles port. It is so richly extracted... characteristic of its apellation, powerful and massive, tannic too and showing on top of its inky purple colour excellent concentration."
33% Grenache 33% Syrah 33% Mourvèdre
The combination of the three types of soils found on the Châteauneuf du Pape terroir create a perfect balance: the famous Châteaueuf pebbly soils, some very chalky soils from the Urgonian and some non-stony soils from the Miocène.
A long and mild spring season and a warm and dry summer allow the grapes to ripen perfectly. The local wind, the mistral, dries the grapes after the rain, keeping the grapes free from most diseases.
100% hand harvest
In this wine we look for minimal intervention. The grapes are carefully sorted. The whole bunches (no destemming) are then blended together before alcoholic fermentation starts. This old technique to make Châteauneuf du Pape wines gives the wines a very good harmony, allowing the aromas to blend perfectly well. The grapes ferment in tronconic vats with a wide top for best results when punching down. The wine then ages in vats.