La Nerthe Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc 2018

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NRTB201810 UCNZ
  • Highly complex with a mineral-accented nose.
  • Robert Parker: 92/100 "La Nerthe's whites are stunning in 2018."
  • Pairs well with a roasted chicken and turkey.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $110.00
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  • James Suckling
    94 points
  • Robert Parker's
    92 points
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    91 points

Editors notes

Château La Nerthe is one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and extends over 220 acres around the castle. Pale green-hued yellow, the wine is highly complex with a mineral-accented nose evoking ripe citrus and orchard fruits. Sappy and impressively focused on the palate, it offers intense citrusy, zesty, fresh pears and honeysuckle characters that open up and deepen after few minutes. Some ginger emerge on the intense long finish with some serious persistence. Enjoy with family or friends over a delicious roast chicken and turkey.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Floral
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    94
    "This has a very chiseled feel with some modern, toasty oak that adds spicy and meaty aromas to the attractive lemons and fresh green apples. The palate has very attractive acidity and dialed-in freshness. Grapefruit and grilled lemon flavors here. Toasty-oak finish. Drink or hold."
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    92
    "La Nerthe's whites are stunning in 2018. The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc features scents of crushed stone, pineapple and tangerine, while being plush and ripe on the palate. It's full-bodied yet not fat or unbalanced, with vibrant, lime-like acids that prolong the silky-textured finish. Yum!"
  • Jeb Dunnuck

    91
    "The light gold-colored 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc checks in as 42% Grenache Blanc, 41% Roussanne, and the rest Clairette and Bourboulenc, brought up in 20% new oak. It offers a vibrant bouquet of apple blossom, tangerine, spice, and a kiss of salty minerality. This medium-bodied, nicely textured, beautifully balanced white can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years or more."

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France

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.

Rhone Valley

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.

About the brand Chateau La Nerthe

Château La Nerthe is located in the heart of the Provence region in southeast France, about 80 km north of Marseille. It is a magical place thanks to its cellars dating back to the 16th century and belvedere viewpoint dominated by the 18th century chateau. Between Avignon and Orange, the breath-taking landmarks of Les Dentelles de Montmirail, Mount Ventoux and the Palais des Papes can be found.

The vines spread over 92 hectares of Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, parcelled into more than 57 plots and representing all the different terroirs of the appellation. The Chateau is striking and unforgettable, nestled in its green park, like an island surrounded by 60 hectares of ancient vineyards that form one whole piece. Yet despite its majestic air, the Chateau has always been a welcoming place, inviting one to linger and discuss its wines.

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