I've presented in an article the Côte du Rhône from Charvin, but today I'd like to present you the Chateauneuf du Pape. This is one of the wine I really love.
Production : 30'000 bottles by year
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah , Mourvedre (the wines are unfiltered)
Region: Rhone Valley
Created in 1851 by Guillaume Charavin (The "a" had been lost in 1910 because of an administrative error).
Now it's the 6th generation of winemaker in the family!
The area for the Chateauneuf du pape is 8ha and 13ha for the Côtes du Rhône.
Grenache of the Domain from 1930
Let's talk about the Chateauneuf du Pape I have tried:
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN 2008 :
COLOUR: A little bit dark red
NOSE: Expression of strawberries, pepper and spices...
PALATE: The strawberry and the black fruits are present. We also have a taste of liquorice and tobacco. It is very good.
I think we can wait a little bit for this one, but it is already very good. I like it!
CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN 2004 :
COLOUR: Not so intense, ruby
NOSE: Like the 2008, at the beginning, the strawberries, but after agitation, spices and toasts... Not so expressive but with time it is better and better. Like my friend Michael said on a blind tasting, it's a wine with Burgundy style...
PALATE: At the beginning it is full of fruits (black and red). After the spices come with a little bit of chocolate. It is very good, the tanins are very well coated, it is thin and fresh at the end.
It is amazing. I love it!!!
During the night we also tasted the Chateauneuf 2002. 2002 is not a nice millesime for the Rhône Valley, but this wine was very good. The taste was near a Chateau Rayas 2002 (one of the best of the appellation, for me the best I tried... but much more expensive!!).
Robert Parker spoke about Charvin in the Wine Advocate : ".. the 1999 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (92 points sur 100) exhibits a big, spicy nose of balsam, juicy, fat, black cherry and berry flavors, full body, a creamu texture, superb purity, and a long finish. It will provide abundant pleasure over the next 12-15 years", "The 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (94 points sur 100)... is superbly concentrated, multilayered, voluptuously-textured, and exceptionally long.... It should hit its prime in 4-6 years, peak at around age 10-15, and last for 20+ years".
I really love this domain and I think you'll have lot of pleasure with... The prices are not very expensive for a Chateauneuf, for me it's better than others Chateauneuf du Pape which costs twice the price or more...