Domaine de la Charbonniere – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre; Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France; 2019 

 October 7, 2023

By  rackhouse

It was in 1912 that Eugene Maret bought Domaine de la Charbonniere as a gift for his wife who was a native of Chateauneuf and the daughter of a winemaker. Their son Fernand Maret inherited a part of the Domaine and enlarged it upon the birth of his son Michel.

Today Michel Maret had over 16 hectares of vineyards located in the high plateaux of Les Brusquieres and La Crau both covered with the famous cailloux roulets and at Mourre des Perdix, sandy soil dotted with larger stones.

The passion and know-how of the winemaker, handpicking of the fruit, and careful sorting at the winery enable Michel Maret to optimize all the promises of a great terroir.

The vinification at the Domaine follows the classic style: no destemming, and three weeks fermentation in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is aged in large oak fourdes for 12-18 months.

This wine is what any Chateauneuf lover expects in a classic wine: dark color, racy, silky tannins, and freshness (due to its good acidity). The blend of 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre showcases the purity of the fruit that comes straight to the nose. It is so appealing when a wine shows beautifully when you open it and pour it into the glass. It has a very elegant and balanced style, it is a medium-bodied wine with a silky texture and ripe tannins.

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