Pure, sultry CDR from Charvin - one of my favourite estates. Vineyards sit on the border of the Châteauneuf appellation, so quality is suitably high!
The bouquet comes straight off the garrigue, with menthol, scented prune, liqueur of plum fruit, smoke-rocks present. The palate has the usual butty depth of a warm year, sinew, muscle, with vibrant tannins that add a savoury note. This is real grounded wine, one with spark.
Laurent Charvin runs this small family estate located in the north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The domaine has vineyard holdings of just 8 hectares in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 13 hectares in Cotes du Rhone. The average age of the vineyards is over 50 years old with the oldest being nearly 80 years of age. Laurent Charvin describes his vineyard site as being cool for Chateauneuf as their vines are mostly planted on sandy north facing slopes. Certified organic.