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Les Pieds dans les Galets Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2015

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Les Pieds dans les Galets Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Vieilles Vignes is made from 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

Fruity : on the red and fresh fruits (strawberries, raspberries, cherries...) - Spicy (pepper) – Intense and rich flavours, as to the nose as to the mouth, on the red fruits. Real beautiful balance and freshness. Excellent tannic structure which provides a wine with a particularly good ageing potential.

Made from 80 years old vines (the oldest vines are 100 years old). 
They are using temperature controlled tanks in order to keep the must at 30°C during fermentation. 
The winemaking process lasts about 20-25 days before starting the Ageing Process in oak kegs.
100% of the wine goes through Malolactic Fermentation.
The wine is bottled without filtration.

   Pairs wines:

- red meats (lamb, beef, ...) 
- game (duck, rabbit, ...)
- cheese 
 

– traditional cooking, as a meal made of seasonal vegetables, a beautiful piece of meat and a creamy or spicy sauce with some mushrooms.

Review:

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Pieds dans les Galets Vieilles Vignes delivers raspberry and garrigue notes, a medium to full-bodied palate and supple, velvety tannins. It's really drinkable, a far cry from super ripe and highly extracted examples of the appellation, but it's still delicious and a pure joy to drink, now and for the next decade. -  Joe Czerwinski Wine Advocate 92 Points

 

Winery: Domaine du Galet des Papes

Domaine du Galet des Papes is located in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape. 
Jean-Luc Mayard started in 1976 but the Cellar was built by his Grand Father. He works with his wine and his daughter, Blandine.

Date Founded: 1976

Owner: Jean-Luc Mayard

The Family MAYARD, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape native, already owned a property at the time of Napoléon III.
The 2nd generation, Lucien MAYARD, undertakes to grow vines on the lands inherited from his father.
The 3rd generation, Marius MAYARD and Fernand MAYARD. Fernand, brother of Marius and uncle of Roger, built the winery in 1929.
The 4th generation, Roger MAYARD, married to Alice MERLE, owned some additionnal lands, starts the bottling and develops commercialization.
The 5th generation, in 1976, when Jean-Luc MAYARD, the son, takes the succession "Domaine Roger MAYARD" becomes "Domaine Roger MAYARD & Fils".
When his father Roger MAYARD retires, the "Domaine" is then called : "Domaine Mayard Jean-Luc".
In 1990 the Domaine becomes "Domaine du Galet des Papes". It symbolises the prestigious synthesis of our vineyard, spread with big rolled pebbles.
The 6th generation, Blandine MAYARD, after seven years of studies and work experiences about the different stapes of the vineyard and the wine, installs to the Domaine in 2012 !

Winery Acreage: 13 hectares (32 acres)
Varietals Produced: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Vaccarese for the reds. 
Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc for the Whites.
Winemaker: Jean-Luc Mayard

The Estate is 13.9 hectares in size. 13 of them are within the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC (12 hecatres for the red and 1 hectare for the white), the rest (0.9 hectare) is Cotes-du-Rhone AOC. 

They have 22 different parcels.

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