Cellier des Princes Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Cellier des Princes Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, 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

Cellier des Princes History, Overview

Cellier des Princes is the leading cooperative in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Created in 1924, Cellier des Princes is located in the commune of Courthezon. The name of the cooperative was changed in 1960 to Cellier des Princes. In total, 240 growers participate in the cooperative.

Growers working with Cellier des Princes are under contract to provide 100% of their crop for the allotted time of their agreement. On average, close to 150 hectares of vines from Chateauneuf du Pape are sold to Cellier des Princes each year. When added with the other Southern Rhone Valley appellations, close to 750 hectares of grapes are produced and delivered to the cooperative in every vintage.

For a cooperative, Cellier des Princes produces some nice wines. Vinification today takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wines are aged in cement tanks until bottling.

The cooperative produces both red and white Chateauneuf du Pape wines. Although the majority of the producion is dedicated to red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

The cooperative produces a myriad of different cuvees that are based on the quality of the grapes which are graded from A, B, to C. The grapes are rated depending on their level of ripeness and sugar levels. While they vinify a myriad of different grape varieties, the dominant grape used is of course Grenache.

Cellier des Princes Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Cellier des Princes produces at least the following wines.

Cellier des Princes Chateauneuf du Pape du Prince – 33,000 cases

Cellier des Princes Les Escondudes – 2,500 cases

Cellier des Princes Sainte Vierge – 2,000 cases

Cellier des Princes Les Hauts des Coteaux – 1,500 cases

Cellier des Princes La Pierre – 900 Cases

Cellier des Princes White Chateauneuf du Pape Eclat du Prince – 1,000 Cases

The cooperative also produces red and white wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

Serving and Decanting Cellier des Princes with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Cellier des Princes 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. Cellier des Princes 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. Cellier des Princes is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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


Cellier des Princes Wine Tasting Notes

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2014Cellier des Princes Domaine le Mourre  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)85 pts

From 100% Grenache, the wine is light in color and in fruit, but there is a sweet cherry essence making this easy and uncomplicated to drink.

85 points - Tasted
2012Cellier des Princes Domaine le Mourre  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

From 100% Grenache, the wine reached 15% alcohol and delivers sweet, red fruits, spice box, earth and peppery notes. There is good freshness to the fruit that shows from start to finish

88 points - Tasted
2012Cellier des Princes Les Hauts des Coteaux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

Medium bodied and easy to like, the wine was made in a soft, early drinking, open, finesse style. This is the top wine from the Chateauneuf du Pape cooperative.

88 points - Tasted
2012Cellier des Princes Domaine Les Escondudes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)86 pts

This medium bodied wine of pleasure delivers ample kirsch tones, hints of cocoa powder, spice and fresh herbs.

86 points - Tasted
2012Cellier des Princes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)84 pts

Medium bodied, soft and forward, the wine serves up a clean, sweet, strawberry and balsamic finish.

84 points - Tasted