Heredita Chateauneuf Du Pape 2016
1 or more bottles$149.99
Jeb Dunnuck93 points
Hérédita is a cuvée born from the collaboration between Philippe Cambie, the Grenache master, specialist of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cru, named Winemaker of the Year 2010 by Robert Parker. This exceptionnal Cuvée made from century-old Grenache vines combines tradition and modernity. Cambie has received 100 point scores fifteen times for his wines from this esteemed region. Grenache 95%, Mourvèdre 5%
The nose is intense and sophisticated, with notes of kirsch, black fruits such as blueberries and cherries, sweets spices and garrigue. The mouthfeel is smooth and powerful, with beautiful tannins and a very long finish of toasted aromas and spices.
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"Tasted March 2019"
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Heredita Chateauneuf Du Pape 2017
- Variety Grenache Blend
- Vintage 2017
- Brand Cellier des Princes
- Cellaring 3-5 Years
- Wine Type Red
- Alcohol Percentage 14.5% Alcohol
Jeb Dunnuck92-94 points
Joe Czerwinski92 points
James Suckling92 points
Wine Enthusiast92 points
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.
In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.
Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the largest AOC in the Southern Rhone and the oldest AOC in France is an historic village between Orange and Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley. It is renowned for producing gloriously rich red wines, reminiscent of the heat and herbs of the south.
Vineyards are typified by the large round 'galet' stones which assist in reflecting sun onto the untrained bush vines. The climate in CNDP is the driest of all Rhone appellations, a Mediterranean climate in which the dryness is accentuated by the wineries not being permitted (in all but extreme conditions) to irrigate their vines.
The wines have a depth of complexity which comes from blending several of the 14 permitted grape varieties. The varieties are: Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin, Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache is generally the dominant varietal with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support. The white wines in the region are made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin and represent barely a tenth of total production.
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About the brand Cellier des Princes
The name "Cellier des Princes" pays homage to the esteemed Princes of Orange, with "The Taciturn" Willem 1 as a symbol of the winegrowers' silent strength. These individuals, firm believers in actions over words, united in 1925 based on values of brotherhood and solidarity. Just 11 years later, one visionary played a pivotal role in creating France's first AOC, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In the 1960s, the second generation of Cellier des Princes winegrowers foresaw the rise of wine tourism and set up a tasting room along RN7. They've been trusted suppliers to prestigious negociants from Burgundy and the Rhône, sharing their Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines for decades, thanks to the exceptional terroirs. Sales of their bottled wines have multiplied by six in under a decade, constituting 96% of their production.
Today, Cellier des Princes takes pride in having their wines enjoyed worldwide and in sharing their values of camaraderie and excellence.