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Secrets des Princes Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2013

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Country:France
Regions:Rhone
Chateauneuf du Pape
Grape Type:Grenache
Winery:Cellier des Princes
Organic:Yes
Product Description

This wine was named after the secret cuvee the Princes of Orange were keeping for their private consumption and sharing on special occasions. Long before the appellation Chateauneuf du Pape was created, the princes of Orange were enjoying the fine wines from this area. This wine made from a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah exhibits aromas of ripe black fruits, liquorice with a smooth texture and perfect balance. Ideal with grilled steaks, beef stews and cheeses.

Soil : Clay and siliceous with round pebbles on the surface.

Average age of the vines: 45 years.
Vinification : Total destemming. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 4 days at 12°C then long maceration during 20 to 25 days with regular punching over and daily release- temperature controlled at 28°C to 30°C . 
Vinified and matured in stainless in order to show the purest expression of the Grenache and the terroir.

Winery: Cellier des Princes

Cellier des Princes Estate

Created in 1925, the Cellier des Princes is the only cooperative cellar on the Chateauneuf du Pape area. They currently have 185 winegrowers.

Our wines are vinified with a great number of grape varieties – up to thirteen for the Chateauneuf du Pape. The main grapes used are the Grenache, the Syrah or the Mourvedre together with a whole set of ancient varieties.

Our wines always reflect their origin : deepness of the pebbles for strength, dryness and hot sandy soils for power and spices, chalky sandstones for structure, clayey – siliceous hillocks for richness and roundness.

ate Founded: 1925
Winery Philosophy: The Cellier des Princes involves in the products quality and the satisfaction of its clients.

The knowledge of the vineyard is very strict, managed with the Geographic Information System. The harvest is under control, and a quality note is given to the reception quays in relation with very strict rules in order to optimize the vinification. The most qualitative vineyards are selected by the winemaker to elaborate our best wines. The vinification and bottling teams are endowed with the best equipment and techniques ever.

To guarantee both security and traceabilty, the Cellier des Princes respects the HACCP charter. Since July 2008, we are certified BRC (Mondial standard for Food Security) and for exportation our quality management system is certified.

Further to the phylloxera crisis which devastated the french vineyard at the beginning of the XXth century, some of winegrowers gathered in order to create their own structure of production. Their number soared very quickly and spread over a whole of villages producers of Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.

In 1960, the winery took the name of the “Cellier des Princes” in reference to the rich medieval history of Courthezon. The winegrowers of the Cellier des Princes want to defend and illustrate the values of rigour and faithfulness which were those of the Princes of Orange. Each winegrower owns a small vineyard and works for the common interest of the cooperative cellar. The Cellier des Princes, as a winemaking and marketing instrument, represents the development of each individual vineyard. Thus, maximum quality is guaranteed from the harvest to the wine tasting.

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Situation
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Terroir
 On a poor sandy, hungry and arid soil consisting of tender limestone and gritty zones of sandy mollasse.

In the vineyard
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We prepare the soil by using good old-fashioned ploughing. Organic compost is made from grape marc (the discarded stalks and skins).

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Winemaking
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Leaving the wine for 15 days in concrete vats, we try to gently extract the tannins and anthocyanins essential for the wine’s structure and colour. The wine doesn’t come into any contact with wood during ageing. This way the characteristics of our terroir can fully express

Serve with a meal especially red meat, game and cheese.

Review:

"Alive with peppery freshness and herbal bitters, rosemary and thyme. Full-bodied, very fresh and lively on the palate, with sculpted fruit and tannin, and a discreet bitter saline twist on the finish. It's very well balanced, and deeply savoury and herbal. Drinking Window 2019 - 2026"
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"Bricca" means the top part of the hill. (see picture of the vineyards)
The soil is calcareous with tufa layers.
The average age of the vines is 30 years.
Vinification in stainless steel at 30 C° under temperature controlled conditions. There is a 5-6 days maceration period on the skins to extract as much color as possible. After the malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is aged for about 8 months in new barriques of 225 liters before bottling.
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 No oak.

Vineyards:
ALBADA Macabeo is made with 100% Macabeo grapes coming from very old vines. Most of them are over 50 years old and many of them are up to 100 years thanks to the enormous dedication of the grape growers, generation after generation. This wine has been selected to get profit from the great potential of old vineyards and little production of Macabeo located in the heart of D.O. Calatayud.

Winemaking:
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Origin of the Name ALBADA:
The word "Albada" has two meanings: one refers to the ancient songs performed by the local vine growers, while the other means dawn. The circular art work of the label was designed by the artist Aitor Tellechea. It is an etching that represents the "Garnacha from Aragon", place of origin of this grape variety which is now spread worldwide. The circle means perfection, well-balanced power; from the beginning to the end. The course of life that begins again every season for our wine, in the vineyard.

 


Reviews:

Brilliant golden straw color. Floral, tropical aromas and flavors of lemon blossoms, sour sop and honeydew, and pickled melon rind and mango with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long whole peach, green apple, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A silky, tasty Spanish white with great purity and finesse.  92 Point Beverage Tasting Institute 

 92 Points
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