The absolutely gorgeous historic property of Château La Nerthe has been making exceptional Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines since the 16th century, yet today it symbolizes a thoroughly modern approach to winemaking and organic viticulture. This passion for quality allied to a dedication to terroir results in an impressive, small selection of wines, all produced with exceptional skill and prowess. For this, we must largely thank Christian Voeux, who has recently taken over from the former winemaker Alain Dugas and continues to take Château La Nerthe to new heights.
Château La Nethe owes its origins to the aristocratic Tulle family of Villefranche, who acquired the Château in 1560. Under their stewardship, the Château soon developed an enviable reputation for quality, helping to put the region on the fine wine map. Thereafter European royalty showed an interested in la Nerthe and the wine was served in Royal Courts in London, Rome, Versailles and beyond. The estate remained in the Tulle family for generations, until the outbreak of phylloxera in the 19th century which wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards. Tulle sold the estate to the commander Josep Drucos. It remained in his possession until 1985, when it came under the control of the Richard family. Trusting the legendary vineyard manager Alain Dugas with his wines, Château La Nerthe went from strength to strength until Dugas retired in 2008.
Today, Christian Voeux continues to respect Dugas’ vision of 21st-century winemaking paired with the utmost dedication to nurturing the delicate terroir of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Throughout the small range, a modern, sophisticated approach to vinification has produced magnificent results, with judicious use of barriques for both reds and whites. The reds are dense and deeply colored but also supple and impeccably balanced whereas the whites show exactly what Châteauneuf-du-Pape is capable of – Clos de Beauvenir is on a par with top white Burgundy. This is unquestionably one of the finest sources of Châteauneuf-du-Pape available today for both red and white. Visit this premium, beautiful estate on a private VIP tour as part of a luxury wine vacation with us.
Château La Nerthe Blanc
A varying blend of four grape varieties: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Partly fermented in stainless steel tanks, Roussanne undergoes a fermentation in 225 litre barrels. A proportion of the barrels is new. The wine is then aged in French oak for 6/7 months.
Château La Nerthe Clos de Beauvenir
A varying blend of several grape varieties: including Roussanne and Clairette. Fermented in 225 litre barrels. A proportion of the barrels is new. The wine is then aged in French oak for 8/9 months. The prestige white wine of the property.
Château La Nerthe Rouge
A varying blend of several grape varieties, including Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The wine is partly fermented in stainless steel tanks, the rest being fermented in barrel. The wine is then aged in French oak, a proportion of which will be new for 12 months.
Château La Nerthe Cuvée des Cadettes
A varying blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The wine is fermented in barrels and then aged in new French oak for a minimum of 12 months. Des Cadettes is then subject to several years bottle age before release. One of the top wines of the appellation.
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- AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Area under vine
- 90 Hectares
- Age of vines
- 30 years+
- Oak barrel origin
- Christian Voeux
- Richard family
- Approximately 150,000/200,000 bottles
- Grape varietals
- Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and others