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Domaine des Senechaux History, Overview
Domaine des Senechaux has a long history in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. At least the previous owners did. The Raynaud family, the previous owners of Domaine des Senechaux can date their history in the southern Rhone all the way back to the 14th century.
The domaine took the inspiration for its name from the small area, or lieu dit the vines are located in, Bois Seneseau.
The Raynaud family sold the vineyard to Pascal Roux in 1993. Pascal Roux was an experienced vintner at the time of the purchase as he was already making wine in the Gigondas appellation with his estate, Chateau du Trignon.
After purchasing Domaine des Senechaux, he began a program of replanting the vineyards and modernizing the wine making facilities. However, the Roux family ended up selling the estate to the Quiot family.
The next chapter in the story is both interesting and complex. In December 2006, the Quiot family prepared to sell Domaine des Senechaux to Jean Michel Cazes, the owner of Chateau Lynch Bages in Bordeaux. Local winemakers from Chateauneuf du Pape fought the sale. The group of 20 winemakers made an offer to purchase the vines of Domaine des Senechaux. If that sale had gone through, they would have divided the vines among themselves.
Domaine des Senechaux was sold and to the Cazes family and today, the property is managed by Jean Charles Cazes, who also manages Chateau Lynch Bages, as well as several other estates for the family.
Domaine des Senechaux Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
The Domaine des Senechaux vineyard consists of 25.3 hectares of vines. 22.3 hectares are reserved for the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine. 3 hectares are devoted to growing white Chateauneuf du Pape grapes. While their vines are spread out across the appellation, their best terroir is located in the Bois Seneseau lieu-dit with its rock, pebble, clay, limestone and loam soils.
The best vintages of Domaine des Senechaux are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007.
Domaine des Senechaux produces 1 red Chateauneuf du Pape wine and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
The wine is aged in a combination of vessels that includes old, French oak barrels, foudres and cement vats for an average of 12 to 14 months before bottling The production is close to 7,300 cases per year.
When to Drink Domaine des Senechaux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine des Senechaux 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 des Senechaux 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 4-14 years after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Domaine des Senechaux with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine des Senechaux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine des Senechaux 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 des Senechaux is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine des Senechaux is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
The Cazes family owns an additional 1.2 hectares of vines that are not in the appellation.
Domaine des Sénéchaux Wine Tasting Notes
7 Vintages 17,985 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, refined, spicy, bright red berry filled charmer with an elegant, silky, red cherry and kirsch-filled finish. Give this just a year or 2 in the cellar and it should be fully ready to go. 91 Points
1,848 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2021
|2017||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, refined, elegant, soft and fresh, with spicy red fruits on the palate and juicy, bright kirsch in the soft, elegant, earthy finish. The wine is made 48% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 22% Mourvedre. 92 Points
1,481 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2019
|2016||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, silky, lush, sweet and supple, the fruits show off their spicy character with little effort. This elegantly, styled wine is soft, with a peppery, kirsch filled finish that keeps on going. This is the best vintage yet for Senechaux. The wine is made using mostly Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvedre, and various other allowable, grape varieties. 93 Points
2,967 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2014||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
On the nose you find black cherry, pepper and herbs with little effort. Medium bodied, fresh, sweet, soft and forward, the wine is already easy to drink. It is nice in flavor and round in texture, but it’s a bit short in the fruity finish. 90 Points
2,655 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2018
|2012||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Ripe red fruits, garrugue, thyme and peppery aromatics team up with a medium bodied, fresh, forward, soft, earthy, spicy blast of kirsch that carries through. This is already starting to be fun to drink. 91 Points
2,601 Views Tasted Nov 19, 2015
|2010||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silky, dense, lush textures, a beautiful purity of fruit with ripe, sweet, red and black fruits and long, spicy, mouth filling finish. Consulted by Philippe Cambie. 93 Points
3,725 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|2009||Domaine des Sénéchaux (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Ready to go, if you them young, lusty, full of sweet, juicy, peppery, ripe black cherries, jammy black raspberries, kirsch, spice and fat, plush textures. 92 Points
2,708 Views Tasted Dec 29, 2013