La Garde du Pape 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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A bargain on a beautifully structured, food-friendly Chateauneuf-du-Pape! With smooth tannins, lengthy slate acidity and notes of raspberry, wild herbs and black pepper, this is so versatile at the table. Serve with char-grilled meats, coq au vin, fennel sausages, roasted artichokes or hearty dishes flavored with cumin or garam masala. 
   90 Points - International Wine Report!
“...bright and racy with aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, licorice, white pepper, garrique and wet stones. This boasts a medium body supported by fine, silky tannins that are tightly wound.”
90 Points - WTSO Members!

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90 - International Wine Report!


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalRed Blend
GrapeGrenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette
Alcohol Content13.50%

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Chateau La Garde du Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
By International Wine Report
LA GARDE DU PAPE Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
Points: 90
Report Date: November 2013
Drinking Window: 2016-2025
Estimated Value: $55
Vintage: 2012
Producer: La Garde du Pape
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2012 La Garde du Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape is composed from 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah from La Crau and 20% Mourvèdre from Cabrières and Pialon with the remaining 5% Clairette from Les Parran. It is bright and racy with aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, licorice, white pepper, garrique and wet stones. This boasts a medium body supported by fine, silky tannins that are tightly wound. A well-made Châteauneuf-du-Pape, however will require some bottle age. (Best 2016-2025) - November 2013 - (JD)
By Serge Dore Selections
La Garde du Pape 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette
80-year-old Grenache vines dig roots into dark red iron-rich soils on ancient alluviums strewn with quartz pebbles on the La Crau plateau near Courthézon. This most-famous of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape lieux-dits (named vineyards) imparts the wine with a backbone and structure derived in part from the galets roulés stones that gather the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night. The Syrah, also from La Crau, brings freshness and notes of wild herbs to the wine. The Mourvèdre comes mainly from parcels of vines on the lieux-dits Cabrières and Pied Long, located in the northwest of the appellation, in ancient alluviums and molassic sands. These porous soils produce a notably fresh wine, with a strong minerality and underlying tension. The Clairette comes from parcels of vines in lieu-dit Les Parran near the historic center of Chateauneuf-du-Pape town. The final blend reveals a lively and direct wine, with fresh and forward fruit and a pleasing concentration. Tannins are well behaved, sleek and very fitting of the wine. Though capable of aging well, this refreshing drinker is quite ready to be enjoyed now…
About the 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vintage
As the temperature today rises to reach near to 95'F, the latest meteorological data clearly indicate that spring and the beginning of summer 2012 is on par with the past three years, and particularly with 2010. The southern Rhone Valley benefits from weather conditions, which can be qualified as “exceptional” when compared to the rest of France, which suffers from too little heat and too much rain. From April to the end of July, average temperatures reached 55'F at the lower end of the scale and 76'F at the higher end. Over the past two months, only 2.05 inches of rain fell on the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation area, as the sun shone for 1,150 hours over a period of 4 months - two figures reminiscent of the 2010 conditions. In the vineyards, this means a perfect sanitary state and low - if any- threat of cryptogenic diseases. The grapes are loose and spaced out, 80% of the Syrah grapes have already changed color and the other grape vintages are also reaching the stage of veraison. Yields seem to be around 32/33 hl per hectare, i.e. slightly less than the maximum set by the production rules of the appellation (35 hl/hectare). These remain among the lowest in France in the category of still wines.
Imported by Serge Dore Selections