La Bernardine


La Bernardine - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
La Bernardine - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
La Bernardine - Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf's history is extremely dense.
One of the most important periods to retain goes back to the time when the Popes had their residence in Avignon in the Xvth Century.
The village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape was at that time the papal summer residence (Jean XXII, Urbin V and Innocent VI) and they succeeded in imposing its wines. In the early Xxth Century winegrowers were regulerly acknowledged for their wines by a special board of judges which was set up under the instigation of Baron "le Roy de Boiseaumarié."
Mainly Grenache, with a proportion of Syrah and Mourvedre which are less important.
Quaternary terrace, with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône.
The grapes are carefully selected during the harvesting. Compulsory to obtain the Appellation, this sorting allows to have the best bunches of grapes.
The vinification is carried out in the traditional way in concrete tanks. This is an about three-week fermention with a high temperature to ensure an optimal extraction of the colour and tannins.
Mainly in concrete tanks between 12 and 15 months.
COLOUR : intense crimson-red.
NOSE : complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, morello cherry.
MOUTH : opening into spicy (liquorice) and fruity aromas.

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