Learn everything about Domaine Le Prieure des Papes 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 wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes started out life as Domaine La Milliere, which was purchased in 1940 by Fernand Arnaud. During the 1940’s, Domaine la Milliere was already bottling and selling a portion of their own wine. Since that time, Domaine la Milliere has remained a family owned winery passing from generation to generation until it was sold in 2019 to the Strasser through Societe Maisons et Vignobles de Provence. The Strasser family have made other investments in Chateauneuf du Pape including the popular restaurant and hotel, La Mere Germaine.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes owns 15.5 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Located in the Cabrieres sector, 14.5 hectares of vines are used for the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
.5 hectares are reserved for growing grapes to make white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. The terroir is rocks with clay, sand, pebbles and limestone soils.
All vineyard management is done using only 100% organic farming techniques. The vines are old, ranging from 80 to 100 years of age for the red wine grapes. But they also have some of the oldest vines in the appellation.
The oldest vines date all the way back to 1891. The vines that are used for their white wines are some of the older white wine grape vines in the Southern Rhone Valley as they are on average 80 years of age. All the grapes are destemmed before fermentation.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wine and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes also owns 8 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation as well as vines classified as IGP.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Rouge is produced from 60% Grenache,10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise. The vines are old as they are between 80 and 100 years of age. The vines are well placed in the Cabrieres lieu-dit. The wine is aged in concrete tanks and foudres for 12 months prior to bottling. 5,000 cases are produced each vintage.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is produced from mostly old vine Grenache planted in sandy soils.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes Bessades is produced from a small, 1.3 hectare parcel of vines situated at the peak elevation of their vineyards. The wine, which blends 60% Grenache with 40% Mourvedre is aged in a combination of vats, demi-muids, terracotta eggs and wine globes for 18 months before bottling.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, a blend of 35% Grenache Blanc, 35% Bourboulenc 20% Clairette and 10% Roussanne is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 6 months before bottling. Not much white wine is produced here, as they only have .7 hectares of vines devoted to their white with a production of about 100 cases that are produced each year.
When to Drink Domaine Le Prieure des Papes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes 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 Le Prieure des Papes is usually better with 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-12 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine Le Prieure des Papes with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Le Prieure des Papes is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue, grilled meats and cassoulet. Domaine Le Prieure des Papese is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Le Prieure des Papes 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 Le Prieure des Papes also owns 12 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation where they produce both red and white wine.
Domaine La Millière Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 34,821 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft, medium-bodied, herbal and fruity, the wine is forward, easy to like and loaded with kirsch on the nose and palate. Fresh and lively, soft and refined, this will drink well young. The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache,10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise.
2,877 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2016||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, elegant, forward, ripe and refined, the kirsch has a peppery angle that adds to the character, keeping the wine fresh, rich, deep and complex. The blend was produced from 60% old vine Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise.
3,464 Views Tasted Sep 12, 2018
|2016||Domaine La Millière La Bessade (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Peppery, herbal, soft textured, ripe, spicy, red fruits with a spicy finish. This could use a few hours of air in its youth. The blend was produced from 100% old vine Grenache.
1,663 Views Tasted Sep 12, 2018
|2015||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Earthy, meaty and packed with green olives, herbs, garrigue and rustic, peppery, wild cherries, you can quite easily drink this now and over the next decade.
2,647 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2020
|2014||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Successful for the vintage, the medium bodied wine is elegant, fresh, soft and serves up its center of fresh, sweet kirsch with herbs and floral accents with ease. Not a wine to lay down, but it is a charmer for early drinking pleasure.
3,685 Views Tasted Mar 8, 2018
|2013||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, forward, soft and open, with a crisp, kirsch finish.
4,296 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
|2012||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Blending 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 10% Counoise, the wine reached 14.5% ABV A blast of garrigue and kirsch, with soft, sweet, ripe, juicy red fruits in the end notes really stick with you.
2,978 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Forward in style, with light red fruits and a hint of licorice in the short, clean finish.
2,176 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft and polished, the wine delivers ample fennel, herbs and red fruits, with a sweet, silky, spicy red berry finish.
4,380 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|2009||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Round, concentrated and polished, the wine is filled with sweet, ripe, kirsch, jam, sweet black cherries, spice and earthy qualities. Popped and poured, this is already enjoyable.
3,182 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2015
|1998||Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This medium bodied wine shows hints of barnyard, light strawberry and cherry scents. The short finish offers jammy red fruit flavors.
3,473 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2010