L’Âme Bio

While all our wines have a soul, our Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most intimate expression of these southern Rhône Valley terroirs. Located in the heart of the appellation, we offer you our fresh interpretation of the power and generosity of these Grenache-based blended wines.

Les cartes en main

Nature

2 terroirs of the appellation, our favorites, the Rolled Pebbles which bring power and race combined with the Safres which bring elegance and finesse of the tannins and 3 of 13 authorized varietals. This is our palette of possibilities and we certainly embrace the challenge! The possibilities are endless and give rise to the incredible complexity of the wines from the largest appellation in the Southern Rhône. Heady, sapid wines that combine strength, elegance and lashing of charm.

The hand of man

In addition to the strict regulations of the AOC, we prefer to take advantage of the Mistral winds than to use products and treatments on the vine. The soils are cultivated with the aim of enabling the vine to give the very best of its personality. We use a parcel selection approach in order to adapt to differing ripeness levels in the grapes. 80% of the fruit is de-stemmed and the wine is aged in barrels.

Character and potential

Organoleptic profile: excellent complexity combing notes of licorice, prune, raisins, mocha, cocoa, spice and leather on a backbone of intense fruits. A hint of undergrowth and smoke from the oak aging. These wines are remarkably powerful and intense. Their high quality terroirs gives them excellent ageing potential although they are also very enjoyable and approachable in their youth

Notre ambition

Vision

Edouard Guérin: ‘The more promising the terroir, the less intervention from me in the vineyards and cellars. The grapes are de-stemmed with the exception of 20% of the Grenaches and the fruit is hardly crushed at all. The vatting period is long, up to 6 weeks.

Profile

The focus is on expressing the complexity and depth of the appellation. A clear indication of our success is this wine’s incredible length on the palate.

Tasting notes

‘The palate is structured and powerful yet with no loss of freshness, typical of wines vinified from whole clusters. A wine of complexity, finesse and structure;’

Détails techniques

Additional information

SOIL TYPES

Terraces of rolled pebbles mixed with sandy red clay, safres

VARIETALS

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

VINIFICATIONS

20% of the Grenaches were vinified with their stalks whilst the rest was fully de-stemmed
– Rack and return and pumping over are the two techniques used for extraction, depending on the vat
– Vatting lasts for 21 to 36 days
– The early filtered and separately aged press wines were blended with the free run wines in early spring.

AGEING

Oak barrels and 20% concrete vats for 12 months

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

Game, red meat, strong flavored dishes

SERVING TEMPERATURE

15-16°C

CELLARING POTENTIAL

5-8 years

A retenir

The most prestigious of the southern Rhône crus
Indulgent & opulent
The very essence of Grenache
2 of the 4 terroirs of the appellation, Rolled Pebbles and Safres
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