La Celestiere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2010
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 La Celestiere Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate # 203 (Oct 2012)
Drink 2012 - 2027
A blend of Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault and other varietals, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition exhibits a classic Provencal nose of roasted herbs, kirsch liqueur, lavender, forest floor and balsam wood. It is an impressively built, concentrated, deep ruby/purple-colored effort that should drink well for 10-15 years. The cellars of this British-owned estate (formerly known as La Glaciere) are on the Route de Roquemaure, on the western fringes of the ancient village of Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2011s mark the third vintage under the new owners, who appear to be going from strength to strength as their 2011s are some of the finest wines of the vintage. Furthermore, their strong 2010s performed even better from bottle than they did last year. After investing considerable funds in this once moribund property, La Celestiere now produces four cuvees. Importers: Maximum Wine Company (Englishtown, NJ); tel. (732) 786-9610; Garber & Co (Topanga, CA); tel. (310) 455-1287; and Import ! Wines, (Madison, WI); tel. (608) 833-8622.
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2010 La Celestiere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition
Winery: La Celestiere
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Rhone Blend
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 13
Bright purple. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry and blueberry with spice and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and focused, with very good finishing clarity and lingering floral and spicecake nuances. Tannins came up with aeration but weren't a match for this wine's energetic fruit. 90 Points
By Votto Vines
La Celestiere Cuvee Tradition 2010
Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape
Vineyard Acreage: 16 hectares - 40 acres
Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault
Clay-limestone at La Croze, sandy soil with large stones (galets roules) at Valori and alluvium and sand at Palestor.
Age of Vines
The Grenache vines are planted in two zones - La Croze between 1918 and 1920 and Valori which are 50 years old. The other varieties namely Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault are all over 50 years old.
The vineyard is converting to organic farming and will shortly receive Ecocert labeling - no chemical fertilizers, no herbicides. Green harvesting, when necessary, to have a maximum of 32hl/ha.
Manual grape picking, transport to the winery in small crates, sorting at the winery.
Destemming, light pressing and gravity feed to the fermentation vessels. The fermentation vessels are in stainless steel are temperature controlled. Cold maceration at 10'C, alcoholic fermentation at 23'C and warm maceration at 32'C. Pumping over the cap during cold maceration and pushing the cap down during alcoholic fermentation and warm maceration.
Elevage: 50% in cement tanks and 50% in large oak barrels of 52hl
Bottles Produced: 22,000 bottles
Grape Harvest: 20/09/2010
Grape Yield: 17.95 hl/ha
Other (Analysis at bottling)
% Alcohol: 15.00
SO2 Total: 58 mg/l
Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/l