Domaine Comte de Lauze Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Domaine Comte de Lauze Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and winemakers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Domaine Comte de Lauze Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Domaine Comte de Lauze is a relatively new property in the Southern Rhone Valley as the estate was founded in 1976. Domaine Comte de Lauze owns 10 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.

9 hectares are used for growing grapes used in the production of red wine and one hectare on their cooler terroir is reserved for the production of white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. The terroir is clay with limestone with small stones and rocks in the soil.

Domaine Comte de Lauze produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

Domaine Comte de Lauze Chateauneuf du Pape is made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. The grapes come from vines that are on average close to 45 years of age. The wine is aged for 12 months in foudres. The production is close to 1,250 cases per vintage.

Domaine Comte de Lauze Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve de Comtesse is produced from a blend of 80% Grenache and 42% Syrah. The Grenache comes from the estate’s oldest vines that are on average 60 years of age. The terroir is nothing but rocks and stones in the Cabrieres vineyard.

Vinification takes place in traditional cement vats. For the aging of the wine, the Grenache aged for 12 months in foudres for 12 months. The Syrah is aged in used, French oak barrels. The production is about 500 cases per year.

Domaine Comte de Lauze Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc made its debut with the 2009 vintage. The wine is produced from a blend of 45% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 10% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged mostly in tanks, but 10% is aged in French oak casks.

When to Drink Domaine Comte de Lauze, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Comte de Lauze can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine Comte de Lauze is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-10 years after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Domaine Comte de Lauze with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine Comte de Lauze is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine Comte de Lauze is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine Comte de Lauze is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.

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

Domaine Comte de Lauze also produces red, white and rose’ wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation from 15 hectares of vines.

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Comte de Lauze Wine Tasting Notes

14 Vintages 23,750 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
91
Very successful for the vintage, the wine weaves flowers, thyme, smoke, red plums, herbs, and kirsch to create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, fresh, silky, and lively with a nice sweetness to the red fruits in the finish. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. Drink from 2024-2032.

Very successful for the vintage, the wine weaves flowers, thyme, smoke, red plums, herbs, and kirsch to create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, fresh, silky, and lively with a nice sweetness to the red fruits in the finish. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. Drink from 2024-2032.

339 Views   Tasted
2020
93
With a nice depth of color, the wine opens with notes of flowers, smoke, black raspberry, black cherry, earth, leafy tobacco and peppery herbs. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, polished and with ample, dark, ripe fruits and a touch of cocoa for the vintage. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. Drink from 2023-2036.

With a nice depth of color, the wine opens with notes of flowers, smoke, black raspberry, black cherry, earth, leafy tobacco and peppery herbs. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, polished and with ample, dark, ripe fruits and a touch of cocoa for the vintage. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. Drink from 2023-2036.

642 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Flowers, herbs, thyme and kirsch open the nose of this medium bodied, fresh, accessible, soft, polished charmer. You can enjoy this right off the bat for all of its sweet, ripe, clean, elegant, strawberry and kirsch notes. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2030.

Flowers, herbs, thyme and kirsch open the nose of this medium bodied, fresh, accessible, soft, polished charmer. You can enjoy this right off the bat for all of its sweet, ripe, clean, elegant, strawberry and kirsch notes. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah. Drink from 2022-2030.

661 Views   Tasted
2019
91
Notes of fresh flowers cuts through the sweet citrus and an interesting note of buttered corn. Fresh, sweet and fruity, this will be just great on release. Drink from 2022 - 2028

Notes of fresh flowers cuts through the sweet citrus and an interesting note of buttered corn. Fresh, sweet and fruity, this will be just great on release. Drink from 2022 - 2028

1,104 Views   Tasted
2018
91
There is a cool minerality essence that shines through here, followed by lavender, herbs and cherries. On the palate the wine is soft, sweet and fresh, medium bodied, elegant and frankly, already charming.

There is a cool minerality essence that shines through here, followed by lavender, herbs and cherries. On the palate the wine is soft, sweet and fresh, medium bodied, elegant and frankly, already charming.

1,310 Views   Tasted
2016
95
Flowers, cherries and thyme are what you find first. On the palate the medium/full bodied wine is soft, round, rich, deep and inviting, with freshness and ripe fruits galore. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. This is the best wine ever produced by Comte de Lauze!

Flowers, cherries and thyme are what you find first. On the palate the medium/full bodied wine is soft, round, rich, deep and inviting, with freshness and ripe fruits galore. The wine is made from blending 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah. This is the best wine ever produced by Comte de Lauze!

1,806 Views   Tasted
2016
92
Medium bodied, with spicy peppery fruits, elegant textures, freshness and sweetness, this charmer is ready when you are. You can easily enjoy this on release. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah.

Medium bodied, with spicy peppery fruits, elegant textures, freshness and sweetness, this charmer is ready when you are. You can easily enjoy this on release. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah.

1,968 Views   Tasted
2015
88
Medium bodied, soft, polished and forward, this will clearly be best in its easy drinking, red berry dominated, soft youth.

Medium bodied, soft, polished and forward, this will clearly be best in its easy drinking, red berry dominated, soft youth.

1,784 Views   Tasted
2013
85
Medium bodied, easy drinking, forward style of Southern Rhone with peppery, kirsch notes.

Medium bodied, easy drinking, forward style of Southern Rhone with peppery, kirsch notes.

1,488 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Medium bodied, with good sweetness in its spicy fruits, drink this forward, round, fresh wine young. The wine was produced from a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

Medium bodied, with good sweetness in its spicy fruits, drink this forward, round, fresh wine young. The wine was produced from a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

2,432 Views   Tasted
2011
89
Medium bodied, spicy, fresh and serving up a tasty blast of sweet, peppery, black raspberry notes in the finish.

Medium bodied, spicy, fresh and serving up a tasty blast of sweet, peppery, black raspberry notes in the finish.

1,674 Views   Tasted
2010
85
Light, bright, and offering simple, red berries, garrigue, and a tart finish.

Light, bright, and offering simple, red berries, garrigue, and a tart finish.

3,671 Views   Tasted
2010
84
Spicy, herb and red berries with a drying cherry finish.

Spicy, herb and red berries with a drying cherry finish.

2,552 Views   Tasted
2009
88
Light in color, this medium bodied wine offers a charming, delicate smokey, cherry, herb and thyme character with a soft, easy drinking, red cherry finish.

Light in color, this medium bodied wine offers a charming, delicate smokey, cherry, herb and thyme character with a soft, easy drinking, red cherry finish.

2,319 Views   Tasted