Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau La Nerthe, Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes , wine and food pairings, best vintages, wine ratings , a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images . If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Nerthe History, Overview

Chateau La Nerthe is in contention for being one of the oldest estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Historical documents from 1560 mention the estate. The historic chateau was built in 1736. Chateau La Nerthe deserves credit for being one of the first estates to bottle their own wine. This took place to some extent starting in 1784. Chateau La Nerthe is one of the first, if not the first estate in Chateauneuf du Pape to export their wine outside of France. Another first that belongs to the estate is that Chateau La Nerthe began the practice of destemming 100% of their vines in the 1800’s. By this point in time, Chateau La Nerthe was the most expensive wine to buy from the Southern Rhone .

In 1870, the Tulle de Villefranche family sold the property to the Joseph Ducos family. The sale took place in part, because o the devastation caused to the vineyards by Phylloxera. The Ducos family maintained ownership of the property until 1941 when Chateau La Nerthe was bought at an auction by the Leclerc and the Motte families. Following World War 2, the spelling for the estate was changed. Instead of Chateau La Nerthe, the estate was renamed, Chateau La Nerte. Please note, the “h” was dropped.

By 1985, Chateau La Nerthe had become dilapidated and was put up for sale by the Dereumaux family. The following year, in 1986, the property changed hands. The new owners of La Nerthe are the Richard family in a partnership with David and Foillard negociants . A complete renovation of the estate and took place and much of the vineyards were replanted. The new owners changed the spelling back to what it was by adding back the “h.” The new labels once again displayed the original spelling of Chateau La Nerthe. In 1991, Chateau La Nerthe was able to expand their holdings with the purchase of 22 hectares of vines, which helped to create one of the largest estates in the Southern Rhone with 90 hectares under vine.

Chateau La Nerthe Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

The 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Nerthe has a terroir of rock, sand and loam soils. Much of the vineyards and the chateau are located southeast of the village. Similar to what is planted at Chateau Beaucastel , the vineyards of Chateau La Nerthe are planted with all 13 types of grapes allowed in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. At Chateau La Nerthe, all the work in the vineyards is done using organic farming techniques. La Nerthe is one of the first estates to begin picking in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.

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To produce the wine at Chateau La Nerthe, the majority of the grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place large, squat, conical shaped, French oak barrels. The grapes are all co-fermented. Techniques for aging varies, depending on the blend. The Mourvedre is aged in a combination of new and old, French oak barrels. The blend is Grenache and Syrah are aged in foudres and the Grenache and Cinsault are aged in traditional, concrete vats.

The best vintages of Chateau La Nerthe are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998.

Chateau La Nerthe Vineyards, Wines, Winemakers

Chateau La Nerthe produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and two Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc wines.

Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape – 55% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 7% Cinsault, 3% Counoise and the remaining 3% is a blend of the other varietals planted in the vineyard. Over the years, the amount of Grenache in the blend has decreased. The wine is aged in a combination of vessels that vary, depending on the varietals for 12 to 18 months. Close to 15,000 cases are produced each year.

Chateau La Nerthe Clos de la Graniere – 45% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault with the remaining percentage split between various other grapes. This can be thought of as the second wine of their flagship brand, Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape as it comes from their youngest vines. The wine is aged for 6 months in concrete vats. A small percentage of the wine is aged in new, French oak barrels, with the remainder being aged in foudres. Close to 5,000 cases are produced each year.

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La Nerthe Cuvee des Cadettes has been in production since the end of the 1800’s. At the time it was produced 100% Grenache. The wine became a blend in the early 1900’s. An interesting fact for those that think special cuvees is a completely modern creation. However, the modern era for La Nerthe Cuvee Cadettes starts in 1970. Today, the blend is on average, 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Over the years, the amount of Grenache in the blend has been reduced. The wine is aged for an average of 12 months in a combination of 80% new, French oak barrels and 20% aged, French oak barrels. On average, close to 1,700 cases are produced each year.

Chateau La Nerthe produces two white wines:

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc – 32% Grenache blanc, 30% Roussanne , 22% Bourboulenc and 16% Clairette .

Chateau La Nerthe Clos de Beauvenir is made from a blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Clairette.

Serving and Decanting Chateau La Nerthe with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Chateau La Nerthe is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Nerthe is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau La Nerthe is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Chateau La Nerthe is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Chateau La Nerthe also owns vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation where they produce red and white wines at Domaine de la Renjarde, Domaine de la Renjarde Cotes du Rhone Villages les Terraces and Domaine de la Renjarde Massif d’Uchaux.

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Château La Nerthe Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2014 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. A little oaky, but once past the wood, the sweet, raspberry and tart cherry notes kick in. Soft, smooth and already approachable, this round, polished, lush, modern styled wine will be nice to drink on release.

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Touches of oak, with licorice and black raspberry in the nose, the wine is round, soft and approachable. 43% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 22% Mourvedre created the blend.

      90 points - Tasted
      1995 Views
  3. 2013 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Oak, licorice, smoke, earth and cherries line up together. The wine is round, rich and showcases a supple quality to the ripe fruit. The wine was produced with 42% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 21% Mourvedre.

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Vanilla and black cherry are found in this ripe, plush, modern, creamy style of Chateauneuf du Pape. From a unique blend of 44% Grenache, 27% Syrah. 14% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, the wine reached 14% alcohol.

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2012 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Oaky, supple and rich, there is good sweetness, flesh and charm in the modern styled, lush, polished, smoky fruit. This should be better once the oak integrates. Produced from a blend of 39% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 22% Mourvedre.

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2011 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Granières de la Nerthe ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Light on the nose, medium bodied on the palate, the forward styled, easy to drink wine requires consumption in its youth to get the most from its red berry character.

      85 points - Tasted
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  7. 2011 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Coffee bean, fresh, ripe red berries and spice on the nose carry through to the silky, smooth, creamy, kirsch filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
      1441 Views
  8. 2010 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Good depth of color, most of the influence from the 15% new, French oak barrels has completely integrated into the wine leaving you with an open, plush, spicy, cherry and plum personality with freshness and ripe fruit in the finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. This delicious, ripe, rich wine is filled with roasted red berries, kirsch, spice and earthy sensations.

      90 points - Tasted
      2317 Views
  9. 2010 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. With one of the higher percentages of Mourvedre as well as Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape, this stylish wine explodes with licorice, dark berries with hints of blue fruits and coffee bean in the perfume. Powerful, rich and character filled, the wine is silky, sweet and lush. There is some noticeable oak, but that would come together with time.

      94 points - Tasted
      3679 Views
  10. 2010 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Nut, honeysuckle, caramel, orange and citrus scents pop. The wine is fat, juicy, rich and oily, leaving with freshness, white fruit and citrus in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  11. 2009 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Medium bodied, luscious, sweet and ripe, this easy to like, black raspberry dominate wine is already showing well.

      90 points - Tasted
      2922 Views
  12. 2009 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Espresso, black and blue fruits, 5 spice, smoke and fennel notes are found in the nose. Polished in texture, modern in style, the wine is rich and silky, with a round, spicy, black cherry character.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Rich, fat, ripe, sweet, juicy, lush black raspberries, kirsch, earth, jam, pepper and smoky aromas are the perfect pair for the round, opulent textures and ripe flavors. There is a hint of oak, but there is so much fruit, it's almost buried. This blend of 37% Syrah, 32% Grenache and 31% Mourvedre is all about pleasure.

      94 points - Tasted
      2388 Views
  13. 2008 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Medium bodied, smoky, open, forward in style, this easy to drink wine, with its smoky, cherry and espresso bean core is ready for drinking.

      89 points - Tasted
      1017 Views
  14. 2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Like most 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, this is already delicious. This forward, modern styled wine opens with ripe, dark berries, jam, smoke, vanilla, fresh herbs and pepper. Round, plush and filled with sweet ripe and over ripe, juicy berries, if you have a bottle, pop a cork.

      92 points - Tasted
      4481 Views
    2. This delicious, round, supple vintage of La Nerte offers jammy black raspberries, garrigue, fennel, spice and earthy notes. On the palate, the wine is lush, rich and ends with a concentrated mouthful of ripe, black cherries.

      92 points - Tasted
      4717 Views
  15. 2005 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. Ripe, rich, sweet, dense, full bodied and loaded with ripe, juicy red and dark berries, earth, kirsch and smoke, this lush, round wine is starting to show well.

      94 points - Tasted
      3988 Views
  16. 1998 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. From a unique blend of 39% Grenache, 37% Mourvedre and 24% Syrah, this is really showing its stuff. Layers of smoky dark berries, black cherry liqueur, kirsch and earthy are all over the place. The wine is rich, plush and mouth filling.

      95 points - Tasted
      4290 Views
  17. 1989 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape. )

    1. What a nice surprise to taste this wine from magnum. Pepper, strawberry, black cherry, spice, earth, garrigue and black traspberry scents paried well with the elegant, soft textures. The wine ended up with an array of soft, peppery, jammy, red berries, earth and plums. Out of magnum, this was much better than my previous tasting from a 750.

      91 points - Tasted
      1959 Views