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LAURUS - CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

LAURUS - Chateauneuf du Pape, FRANCE - 2012

Intense, deep red colour. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and strawberry. Full-bodied on the palate with notes of ripe plums and spice. Rich, long finish. A wine that is already very enjoyable but also has good aging potential. SERVING & FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS 16-18°C – Ideal when opened 1-hour aheadDuck confit, Lamb marinated with cep (porcini) mushrooms, Loin of veal à la provençale. Optimum maturity: 2015-2022

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The Laurus philosophy Laurus means „Laurel‟ in Latin, a Roman symbol of excellence. Here excellence is all about “terroir”: the grapes are grown on plots we select for their ability to express the very best of each Appellation. The term “terroir” encompasses a soil, a climate and people . Here it is expressed through sustainable partnerships with wine-growers who share our vision. The maturing process in 275-litre Laurus barrels refines the structure, producing complex wines with plenty of character and good cellaring potential.

The Appellation Produced in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its 4 adjoining communes (Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange and Sorgues), the AOP covers an area of 3,161ha and benefits from a variety of terroirs: on the terraces, rolled pebble soils, which are truly specific to this Appellation, produce powerful wines; clay and limestone soils confer a fine balance; sandy soils bring out aromas. Although 13 varieties of grapes are authorized in this combination, Grenache grapes prevail, producing structured, fullbodied wines with excellent cellaring potential.

A little history. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard acquired its fame thanks to the presence of the Popes in Avignon between 1309 and 1403. By choosing Châteauneuf as their summer residence, they greatly promoted the production of wine and developed the vineyard, turning it into one of the jewels of the Rhône Valley.

Wine facts

Label Notes:

Laurus Chateuneuf-du-Pape

Total Production:

7850

Winemarkers:

Veronique Torcolacci

Producer:

GMDF

Variant:

750 mL

Average Age of Vines:

31 years on average, Grenache vines over 80 years of age

Average Vineyard Altitude:

90 to 120 m

Density:

3200/ha

Production:

30 hl/ha

Sustainably Farmed:

No

Harvest Method:

Manual

Sorting:

Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed

Fermentation and Maceration:

A 21-day maceration period with regular punch-downs and rack & return (délestage) operations.

Aging:

12 months elevage of the Syrah in 275-litre Laurus barrels (mix one new, 1-year and 2-year barrels)

Alcohol:

14.5%

Vintage:

2012

Country:

FRANCE

Grape Varietal:

Syrah

SKU:

RH185

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