Domaine Berthet-Capeau Exil des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
4th generation winery owner Laure Berthet Rayne owns 25 hectares of vines. The majority of the vines are situated in the Chapouin, Coudoulet and La Gardiole lieux-dits in the northern part of Chateauneuf du Pape. Much of the terroir consists of clay and chalk soils. The oldest vines are more than 100 years of age. The vinification process benefits from the use of a modern equipment : a light pressing and destalking for certain vintages ; with fermentation carried out at automatically regulated temperatures to give the wines a more delicate and fruity flavor and allow them to age well.
Winemakers: Laure Berthet Rayne & Martial Capeau
18 pts Jancis Robinson "Meaty and transparent. A real lightness of touch in the winemaking here. Bravo! Solid ingredients are given a freshness and spin. The rich fruit is transparent and somehow refreshing. Tannins are very definitely present."
Sweet black cherry and black raspberry fruit, incense, camphor and licorice aromas, jump from the glass of this elegant, pure, full-bodied, luxuriously fruity, extravagantly concentrated wine. Beautifully balanced with fresh acids and a long finish, it , too, should drink well for 10-15 years. Excellent on its own and with meat and venison dishes as well as well matured French and Italian cheeses. 14% Alc.
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